Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, Bishop of Connor, with the Baraka team and St Paul's staff on Sunday February 21.
A BARAKA team from Kajiado Diocese in Kenya recently paid a visit to St Paul's Parish in Lisburn.
Their visit follows a trip to Kenya by 25 people from St Paul's last August. The parish has contributed six motorbikes to Kajiado Diocese and these have proved a great success in extending the work of God in some very remote parishes. The Baraka team arrived at St Paul's on February 17 and left this week. It was led by the Rev Naftaly Lemooke and included the Rev Capt James Njoroge, the Rev Capt Eric Solonka and the Rev Mary Kuria.
The team was also accompanied by Mr Daniel Taama, who is Bishop Taama's brother. Sadly Jayne Kuluo, who was to be with the team, could not travel due to the death of her husband and the thoughts and prayers of the people of St Paul's, Lisburn, are with Jayne and her family in Kajiado. Since arriving in Lisburn the team has been involved with a Week of Outreach in St Paul's called 'Love is....' which ran from February 13-20. The Baraka team was also able to lead worship and praise in the final mission services on Sunday February 21, bringing a completely new dimension to an already contemporary service.
Members of the team were involved in some visiting in the parish, preaching and had the opportunity to celebrate Holy Communion. There were also visits to other parishes across Northern Ireland sponsored by CMS Ireland.
The rector of St Paul's, Lisburn, the Rev James Carson, said: "The word for blessing in Swahili is 'Baraka' and that's what the team from Kenya are seeking to bring us - blessing! We pray that the team and those who met them were blessed during the time they had with us in Ireland."