Diary of Bro Ricky Cuenca in Africa

Bro. Ricky Cuenca, member of the International Council and ANCOP Canada President visited the different countries of Eastern Africa to be the speaker in the SOLEMN CHARGE Echo Conference in Kenya and Tanzania and at the same time to visit the ANCOP CANADA sponsored children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

Bro. Ricky made the hearts of CFC Kenya ablazing with fire as he rallied them to always be ON FIRE, his well known battle cry, in serving the Lord and loving the poor during the SOLEMN CHARGE Echo Conference. After the conference, he and some CFC leaders met with His Lordship, Bishop David Kamau from the Diocese of Nairobi.

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(Bishop David Kamau (Bishop of Nairobi, Kenya) with Bro. Henjie San Juan, Bro. Abraham Munene and Bro. Jun Clarito)

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(Solemn Charge Echo Conference hosted by CFC Nairobi, Kenya)

On May 19, 2018, Bro. Ricky brought the house “ON FIRE” when he spoke about God’s love and awesome presence during the Solemn Charge Echo Conference in Moshi, Tanzania. Again, CFC Tanzania was rekindled and their passion renewed in hearing the speakers as well as the sharers.

ANCOP RELATED VISITS

KENYA

Before the scheduled Solemn Charge Echo Conference in Nairobi, Bro. Ricky and the CFC Team in Kenya visited the Community of Hope Orphanage in Thika, Kenya where he met all the ANCOP CANADA sponsored children who are abandoned, orphans, victims of domestic violence and HIV victims. His heart was really touched to see these poor children and at the same time happy that ANCOP CANADA was able to lend a helping hand to give hope by assisting them in their schooling.

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(Ricky Cuenca with the children at the Community of Hope Orphanage in Thika, Kenya)

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(Donation of toothbrushes and pencils from Ancop Canada donors being received by Sr. Seline)

Not wasting any precious time, he had an 8-hour road trip going to Eldoret where he was able to visit the areas where we are sponsoring children namely St. Anne Small Home and St. Theresa’ School. AS a sign of gratitude and thanksgiving, the children sang songs, danced and shared their hopes and dreams

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(Children at St. Anne’s Small Home in Eldoret, Kenya)

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(Children from St. Theresa’s School of Eldoret)

TANZANIA

Bro. Ricky Cuenca experienced taking the “matatu” (a local transport), for an 8-hour trip to Tanzania where he inaugurated the Kindergarten classrooms for the children of St. Mary’s Kindergarten School. The children of Korongoni Parish were present including the Rev. Fr. Deogratias Matiika, current Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Moshi and assisted by Fr. Wili Maningi, Parish Priest of Korongoni Parish who also gave the words of appreciation for making the classroom project possible. Last year, the St. Mary’s Kindergarten School was about to be closed because the Department of Education found the classrooms not conducive to learning because the children are jampacked as they are just using the Parish’s multi purpose hall. ANCOP CANADA paved the way in making the dreams of these children come true. He was able to visit and meet the family of three sponsored children and was touched on the poor condition of their life. The following day, the team drove to visit the sponsored children of Usseri as well as the seminarians at St. Joseph Seminary.

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(Fr. Deogratias Matiika blessing the St. Mary’s Kindergarten classrooms)

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(Children from Usseri, Tanzania)

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(Visiting and talking with the ANCOP CANADA sponsored seminarians at St. James Seminary in Tanzania)

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(Ricky Cuenca took time out to visit three sponsored children in their respective homes to see and meet the family and experience the condition of their life)

ETHIOPIA

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(Bro. Ricky with some of the sponsored children in Ethiopia)
Right after the trip to Tanzania, he flew to two areas in Ethiopia namely Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa where he also met the sponsored children as well as the seminarians being sponsored by Ancop Canada.

After all the experiences in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Bro. Ricky Cuenca left with a solemn promise that he will do everything to alleviate the condition of these children. ANCOP CANADA will set the fire ablazed in AFRICA by working hand in hand with the dioceses for the evangelization and work with the poor, the total completion of the CFC mission.

(Contributor: MALOU CLARITO)

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