Tractor brings hope in Kenya

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Mon, 12 Sep 2016 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Magherally Parish, in Down and Dromore Diocese, has a partnership link with Kajiado Diocese in Kenya. As part of this link, they regularly support Ronnie and Maggie Briggs through their prayers and finances. But when Kajiado needed help of a very different kind, the parishioners at Magherally were only too happy to respond.

The problem was a very sick tractor in Oltiasika that was no longer fit for purpose – a situation that was hampering some work at the Massai Rural Training Centre.

The good folk at Magherally know a thing or two about the importance of a properly functioning Massey Ferguson (other makes are available) and were only too happy to help. As the rector, Rev David Palmer, commented:

Ronnie and Maggie are parishioners of ours, so we were delighted to support their work in this small way.

At a special Praise Service on Easter evening, Rev David Palmer explained the situation with the tractor to a full house at Magherally and a collection was taken in aid of the project. Money was also raised through a collection at Annaclone Parish. In all, £1,200 was raised – and transferred to Kajiado.

In August, Ronnie Briggs wrote to Rev Palmer to share that the tractor had been received back ‘from its stay in hospital’…

It has had a complete make-over and some new paint to make it shine a bit – though that won’t last long here with all the dust! Can you please pass on to the congregation – and all who helped out with this – a huge thank you from us. The water situation at Oltiasika is now getting critical as the drought begins to bite so we are planning to buy some large water containers and set them into the trailer and go to the bore hole – a 15 mile round trip – and begin to supply to the local community. The arrival of the tractor is timely indeed.

A parish in Ireland supporting a diocese in Kenya to bring help and life-giving water to communities in need. This refurbished tractor is a fitting picture of partnership.

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