By Deborah Carl
Volunteer Discovers Fellow Church Members in Africa
PROVO, UTAH -- Patty Liston, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, found members in Kimambe, Kenya have strong
testimonies and love for the gospel.
Kimambe is a village of adobe huts with tin roofs and dirt floors. A
typical home Liston visited had no windows and two rooms about 8 feet
by 8 feet. The main room had a wooden table with cooking utensils on
top. At night the children will sleep on the floor. The second room
is used for the adults to sleep.
Joyce, a member for two years, was asked what she likes about the
gospel. "I love going to church because I learn how to keep the
commandments, and my children learn too. This helps us have a happy
Johnson Mora, another member, said, "One day my great-grandchildren
will read the history of the church in Kenya. They will learn that
their great-grandfather served in a branch presidency. They will not
be able to do this because by then the church here will be like it is
in Chile. There will be so many of us in the church that being a
member of a branch presidency will be an opportunity that they
probably will not have. I want my great-grandchildren to know that I
had a hard time, but I stayed on."
Liston was in Kenya as a volunteer for Reach The Children, Inc., an
organization dedicated to strengthening families by providing
education and health care for children, vocational training for
adults, and teaching self-reliance and principle-based values.
Visitor finds faith the same no matter the setting
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By Patty Liston
Editor's note: This is the third of a three-part series on the author's
visit to Africa.