Turkana Mission
EJOKA! EJOKA! EJOKA NOI!

Greetings! Thank You! Thank you very much!

These are Turkana words we heard all through the day and evening during our fourth Mission to Turkana this past July. Ejok! Means “Greetings, peace, hello, hi, I wish you well” It is used constantly by all people regardless of age or station in life with everyone they meet. Often it is accompanied with a special handshake or embrace. The response Ejoka means:” Thank you, good, I wish you the same”. Ejoka noi ! means: “Thank you so very much, awesome, the greatest.’ Our team of ten this year was made up of people in age from twenty to late sixties. They came from Hawaii, California, the West, Midwest, Florida and East Coast. This team represented three Orthodox jurisdictions. They were a most awesome team and fittingly chose the team name Ejoka noi 10.

On this page, which is dedicated to our mission to Turkana, we hope to just introduce you to life among a people who have so much to teach us. The first and most important gift they give us is their ability to live in the present, giving thanks for everyone and everything.

Ejoka!

Our gratitude extends to you, our family and friends, for your prayers and monetary support. Our Orthodox Turkana brothers and sisters asked us to send their greetings of thanksgiving to you, their brothers and sisters in America. Ejoka noi! Your missionary spirit is spreading the word of The Lord Jesus Christ to the forgotten people of Turkana.

The Lord God bless you.
Father Vladimir and Matushka Suzanne
Papa Emoru and Mama Apua

This was the Divine Liturgy, which was part of the consecration of St. John the Baptist Church on July 22, 2012 in Lodwar, Turkana (Kenya). This is the church that we built with our first mission team in 2007.

This is the first Liturgy in St. Peter’s Church in Lupwala on July 29, 2012. This is the church that we helped build. It is partially built.

ARRIVAL

The “Ejoka Noi 10” went to Turkana, being sent by OCMC, as a construction team. First we participated in the consecration of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Lodwar. M. Suzanne (known as Mama Apua in Turkana) and myself (known as Papa Emoru) helped to build this Church as the first missionary outreach team to the Turkana people in 2007.

Our video posted to YouTube “Communion in Lodwar” will give you a sense of joy at communion during this Liturgy. There also was an ordination of our friend to the diaconate. This is the sister parish of Christ The Savior and we have been helping the nursery school for the past five years.

BUILDING THE CHURCH OF SAINT PETER

At the end of this first day we took a three hour ride through the desert to “The bush”. Our work was to help build the Church of St. Peter in Loupwala. The highlight of our work was to celebrate Liturgy there on our last day. The faithful packed the Church with many having to stand outside. The communion video from this Liturgy will pull you into that great sense of joy and thanks expressed by their singing and dancing. This is the village where the bore hole (well) was constructed in 2011 with the help of “Walk for Water” sponsored by the Orthodox Churches of Connecticut. Women carried water on their heads all through the day from this well to the church so we would have enough water to build.

CROSSING THE RIVER

One of our most memorable days was when we crossed The River to the village of Nacobosan. Here 120 people were baptized this past year. Shortly after their baptism there was a raid by the neighboring Pokot tribe. They killed people and took their flocks. We accompanied their leader, Sallale with some of his people and flocks back to start life there again

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St. Nektarios, help us find the Path to Happiness

“A Christian must be courteous to all. His words and deeds should breath with the grace of the Holy Spirit, which abides in his soul, so that in this way he might glorify the name of God. He who regulates all of his speech also regulates all of his actions. He who keeps watch over the words he is about say also keeps watch over the deeds he intends to do, and he never goes out of the bounds good and benevolent conduct. The graceful speech of a Christian is characterized by delicateness and politeness. This fact, born of love, produces peace and joy. On the other hand, boorishness gives birth to hatred, enmity, affliction, competitiveness, disorder and wars.”

“How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes. Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!” - St. Nektarios of Aegina, The Path to Happiness

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