"This was no “regular” Divine Liturgy, but a Liturgy sung by a hundred and fifty children in unison! After the Liturgy, the children welcomed us, with an exuberant program of singing, dancing, poetry, as well as with an official address in perfect English by one of the radiant girls, Karen.
The great warmth and the Christian love and hospitality they showed us ignited within us a flame that enabled us to somehow do what we were called to do. We instructed them in the Orthodox Faith. We taught lessons on prayer and the Holy Sacraments; we shared lives of saints, and encouraged them to live out their faith in Christ. We shared lessons, but more than that, we shared our lives and experiences with one another, and the bond of Christ in the Holy Spirit was made manifest.
To be honest, I am not so sure that the younger children, or even most of the older, will remember the theology and symbolism of the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation which we taught. But I do think they will remember walking between the school and the home for meals with the Team and I am quite certain they will remember high-fiving and holding our hands, because it was in these things that we shared Christian love, and in which our mission was fulfilled. - Fr. Achilles Karathanos
Be a part of a life changing youth ministry in the Diocese of Kisumu and West Kenya, November 28-December 8."