Cunningham’s missionary outreach work in Kenya
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
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.