Malava, Kenya, March 2, 2021
A great spiritual event took place in Kenya on Sunday, with the celebration of a Mass Baptism at an Orthodox orphanage.
“Nine more warriors of Christ were enlisted, baptized and chrismated at Saint Tabitha’s Orphanage in Malava, Kenya,” reports Orthodox Africa, a missionary society that helps the orphanage and others, whose founder and director, Fr. Silouan (Brown), is currently on a mission trip to Africa.
Watch a video of the children being united to Christ in the waters of Holy Baptism:
Orthodox Africa writes that the orphanage is “an institution of the Orthodox Christian Diocese of Kisumu and Western Africa under the loving care of … our dear founders, Father Agapios Habbil Lipesa Omukuba and his wife, Papadia Dorah.”
The orphanage reports:
Fr. Agapios and Papadia Dorah moved the orphans from the Kibera slum outside of Nairobi to Malava in Kakamega County to provide them with a safe place to live. They provide for the children’s every need housing, clothing, daily meals, schooling, and medical care. Fr. Agapios travels back regularly to Kibera to rescue more children and bring them to Malava. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Athanasios of blessed memory and by the generosity of others, we purchased a beautiful parcel of land on which to build a new home, future schoolhouse, medical clinic and church.