Since returning to the States in late June, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of you as I’ve traveled around the New England area and the West Coast. The amount of enthusiasm for missions that I encountered in the parishes of North America was tremendously encouraging to me. Those with whom I had the chance to meet face-to-face were able to discuss what I’ve done in Kenya, by your support, during the last two years. Much progress has been made in the liturgical translation project for the Orthodox Church in Africa allowing an increasing number of Kenyans to experience the Liturgy in their own tribal languages. I also worked on the Priest’s Service Book as a resource for the Kenyan clergy. These should all contribute to the ongoing growth and strengthening of the Church in Kenya.
Now we look to the future. I shared with some of you that I was thinking about not returning to Africa immediately. I have decided, in fact, to spend several years in the States pursuing a different vocation and discerning the ways I can best be of service to God and the Church over the long term. My support account will be held for me until I return to service with OCMC.
Thank you to all of you who have donated to support my work during the past few years, those who have shared hospitality with me, and to those who continue to pray for me! The work would not have been possible without you, and I hope you will be able to continue offering your resources for the Gospel to be proclaimed to all nations.
Until I return to active service, you can continue supporting Orthodox missionary work in Africa by donating to Dr. Bill Black, the new deputy dean of the seminary in Nairobi, or to the Hargrave family, at seminary preparing to continue serving in East Africa (I served with them previously as an intern in Tanzania in 2011).
I will keep you informed as God’s path for me continues to unfold.
With love in Christ,
Meg Photini Engelbach