As followers of the FSE newsletter know, Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. has been lucky to be linked to amazing people and programs in East Africa through Ken Yockey, Facilities Performance Engineer. Through this newsletter, Ken has shared his experiences in Kenya, bringing fresh water and his faith to the people. This spring, though, FSE was excited to get an even closer look at the incredible work happening in these tribes and villages.
While in the United States to go to a mission conference in Arizona, Bishop Daniel Osoi visited Four Seasons' headquarters in Monroe, OH on March 21. "He prayed over the company and over the decisions Four Seasons' leaders had in front of them," recalls Ken. He also explained to the staff in the office what his ministry is about, "how he used to be a tribal warrior for the Maasai tribe, and how much his life has changed - he is now bishop for more than 100 churches."
Two months later, Reverend Nelly Sarune came to America to see her niece graduate with a Masters in Nursing from Oklahoma City University, Kramer School of Nursing, as well as to spend time with ministry partners. While here, she also visited Four Seasons to discuss her story in person with the FSE staff, the children she's taken into her home, 24 girls and 4 boys, that make up the Wadada Ministry. "It's impactful as a prototype ministry to show the value of a girl, and value of a child in East Africa, because they don't have much value in most of East Africa, let alone in Maasai land, so to minster them separately draws a lot of interest." The girls in WADADA Project, would have all been given away as child brides in arranged marriages by their parents, which has been the tradition for hundreds of years. The ages are from 9 to 17. However, because of the spread of Christianity, the Maasai are now open to consider a change in the traditions. Ken has built relationships and credibility with the Maasai and they allow their daughters to participate in this project.
Four Seasons' staff weren't the only ones learning during these visits. Ken explains that both Bishop Daniel and Reverend Nelly had a lot to learn about the American culture. "I act as Bishop Daniel's interpreter – he speaks English very well, but he doesn't know the customs and culture. So I am there to interpret the slang and customs to prevent any embarrassment that may happen along the way. Even just the handling of a menu is difficult because our culture is completely different from theirs." Reverend Nelly stayed with Ken much of her trip and Ken said his wife and sister taught her how to use the appliances: stoves, refrigerators, ice makers, dishwasher, mixer, blender… she's used to cooking for at least 30 people a day over three open fires, so microwaves… oh my goodness!"