Sisters and Brothers,
My warmest greetings and good wishes to each of you from Mombasa, Kenya. As I write this I can picture so many faces of you the volunteers who came to Mombasa with the Building of Hope in January/February this year. As I conjure up so many memories I also warmly remember the thousands of supporters for the Volunteers and the project who gave us so much help. It was just an unbelievable experience for so many.
“We plant seeds that one day will grow
We water seeds already planted
Knowing that they hold future promise
We cannot do everything .... This enables us to do something and do it very well ..
We may never see the end results.....but we are prophets of a future not our own”
This is part of a prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador written a short time before he was assassinated 30 years ago for his stand on justice and human rights.
Those who came and the many who supported them must know that in the above quoted prayer you are prophets of a future not yours but for sure a future for our many young people. You have brought the parish of Migombani and the young people a bright new Easter gift......to help them rise from their poverty to a new life of Hope.
As I most sincerely thank each and every one of you who came to Mombasa and the many many supporters, parishes, and of course the leaders of the Building of Hope: - our good and dear Bishop Willie, Olive Halpin, James Lynch, Maureen McCarthy, Ann McGrath and Dr. Rory O’Keeffe,and Dr Tony Cox. I wish each of you the Peace and Joy of Easter. Be happy knowing you have done a wonderful work never to be forgotten. You have truly made “the kingdom” (of God) present for so many.
Go raibh mile mile maith agaibh...............................Asanteni sana
Fr Martin Keane