Church’s Kenyan mission builds on past success

The children of Joska give a warm welcome to Glengormley Presbyterian Church volunteers Andy McClelland and Jane McClelland. INNT 16-510CON
The children of Joska give a warm welcome to Glengormley Presbyterian Church volunteers Andy McClelland and Jane McClelland. INNT 16-510CON
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A TEAM of volunteers from Glengormley Presbyterian Church arrived back in Northern Ireland on Sunday night (April 15) after a two-week mission trip to Kenya.

During their stay in East Africa, the group carried out building work at two schools in the remote townland of Joska, about an hour’s drive outside the capital city, Nairobi.

The 11-strong group, led by Jim Lyttle and Gareth Gilchrist, were kept busy throughout the fortnight, helping to lay more than 1,000 concrete flooring slabs in the corrugated iron buildings which house the area’s boys’ and girls’ schools.

“It was a complete success,” Mr Lyttle told the Times. “We took 11 people out and they all came back healthy.”

“We did a lot of work for Missions of Hope in Joska, flooring school rooms. Before we got there they were just mud floors.

“The schools are an amazing place where the children can get fed, clothed and educated. They offer a great opportunity for children to get an education - children who normally wouldn’t get that opportunity,” the 71-year-old explained.

Confirming that Glengormley Presbyterian will continue to support the project in the years ahead, Mr Gilchrist added: “The trip was a great success and we plan to have a continuing relationship with the Missions of Hope project, building on the relationship that we have established and helping them in whatever way we can.”

This wasn’t the first mission by Glengormley Presbyterian Church volunteers to Kenya. A school set up by the church in Nairobi five years ago has gone from strength to strength and now provides educational opportunities to more than 2,000 children.