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17 year-old Kerri Cunningham is guest speaker at Magheragall Parish Church Senior Citizens’ Club

Kerri Cunningham’s missionary outreach work in Kenya

Kerri Cunningham (centre of front row) pictured with her parents Bobby and Sharon, the Rev Nicholas Dark (third from left) and members of the Senior Citizens’ Club at Magheragall Parish Church last Wednesday afternoon.

Kerri Cunningham pictured with some Kenyan children at St. Patrick’s Church, Kajiado, which Kerri helped to build. St. Patrick’s Church, Kajiado - built in just two weeks by 16 year-old Kerri Cunningham and the CMS Ireland team.

Kerri Cunningham pictured with some Kenyan children at St. Patrick’s Church, Kajiado, which Kerri helped to build.

St. Patrick’s Church, Kajiado - built in just two weeks by 16 year-old Kerri Cunningham and the CMS Ireland team.

Kerri Cunningham, a 17 year-old student at Laurehill Community College and a member of Magheragall Parish Church was the guest speaker at the Senior Citizens’ Club in Magheragall Parish Church last Wednesday afternoon.  Kerri travelled to Kenya on Monday 10th July with a CMS Ireland team from local parishes with the ambitious task of building a church in one month.  But, thanks to a lot of hard work and team effort, the church was completed in a period of just two weeks.  Kerri arrived home on Wednesday 3rd August.   

Bobby Cunningham, Kerri’s father, welcomed about 30 senior citizens and showed an interesting PowerPoint presentation produced by CMS Ireland.  The photographs which were accompanied by African music, showed the team constructing the church and also the splendid scenery, plants and wildlife of this beautiful country.

Kerri then gave an excellent PowerPoint presentation showing moments and memories from her three-week missionary outreach work in Kenya.  She began by showing photos of the team’s arrival in Kenya and the accommodation in Kajiado where they were based.  Giving a detailed explanation of each photo, she showed a picture of a tree where worship was previously conducted, followed by photos showing the construction of the church from the initial marking out of the building right through to the completion of what is now St. Patrick’s Church, Kajiado.  The church will accommodate over 200 people and during the week it will be used as a nursery.

Tea was served after the presentations, providing an opportunity for the senior citizens to chat with Kerri about her missionary work in Kenya.  Other members of the parish will have an opportunity to share in Kerri’s experiences when she will make a similar presentation at a Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Friday 13th October.