Nairobi, Kenya, October 26, 2022
by H. David Sauls
In a back alley beside a tiny school, in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, a simple, forged baptismal font fulfills the command of Christ: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19).
On October 24, at the Ngando Orthodox Christian School and Community Learning Center, Fr. Antipas Odhiambo celebrated the Baptisms of 16 souls, followed by the Divine Liturgy and an agape meal.
Now, in addition to having a stove to bake prosphora and a font to celebrate Baptisms in, Fr. Antipas has established a school and small parish in Nairobi, and there are plans to move the school and parish to western Kenya, together with a refuge. Through the generous donations of charitable people all over the world, he’s slowly building his ministry and enlarging the vineyard of Christ.
Orthodoxy is growing in Africa. Hundreds, if not thousands of Baptisms, including many mass Baptisms, are taking place all over the continent. Fr. Antipas is just a small sample of the greater movement sweeping the continent and increasing the flock of Christ.
To help Fr. Antipas continue his work as a priest and a missionary to orphans and the poor, donations can be offered through GoFundMe.
Also visit Fr. Antipas’ Facebook page.