The story of
"Bethany House" in Lodwar Kenya
is small town in the Turkana District of Kenya on the African continent. It is severely economically
deprived. Many inhabitants are terribly under nourished. The lack of
health and education opportunities cannot be comprehended by a resident
of the developed world.
Many facilities which are taken for granted even
in Third World countries are totally absent in this remote and
impoverished region of Kenya. Since establishing a Turkana presence
over 40 years ago, Catholic Church missionaries and a group of over 50 volunteer Catholic Missioners are now working to improve the
physical and spiritual lives of the Lodwar
people. These dedicated
Missioners hail from numerous different countries but they are all
driven by a common purpose. To serve the local people who they have
come to love.
Turkana people make up most of Lodwar's population
may lack for physical facilities and amenities but the local people are
another story altogether. They are mostly hard working and caring people who
have no choice other to accept life as it comes. They share what little possessions they have
and take joy from experiencing nature, the company of each other and
even the most elementary tiny piece of good fortune.
incredibly harsh and life is extremely hard.
many Kenyan and expatriate missioners working for the Lodwar Diocese
are scattered throughout remote regions of Turkana province. Bethany
House came into being to provide both meeting and guest house
facilities for times when missioners need to come to Lodwar for
consultations or conferences. This website came into being because the Australian Catholic Mercy
Sister who looks after Bethany House was an old friend of the webmaster
who developed this website. He was so intrigued by the story he learned
from Sister Yvonne Channells that he felt compelled to make the Lodwar
story available to a wider audience via the internet.
website is not really about Sr. Yvonne Channells. However, as she is
this Webmaster's primary informant, she will appear from time to time
throughout these web pages. Take the opportunity to read Sister Yvonne's
for a year by year summary of the joys and disappointments of working
in the Lodwar Diocese in Kenya. There are also many
Lodwar and Turkana Province photos
to be viewed within this website.
Yvonne with the Bishop at opening of Bethany House
back and explore Lodwar and Bethany House via the wonders of the internet. Although this
site is primarily a salute to the Kenyan inhabitants of Lodwar in
Turkana, it is
also a salute to the dedicated Missioners who have left the comforts of
their own homes, families, colleagues and friends to serve an under privileged
community in a harsh and inhospitable climate.
the conclusion of your visit you may feel motivated to help the Lodwar
Missioners with your prayers, a donation or in some other helpful
manner. Communications with Lodwar are extremely difficult but we have
provided some contacts
you might use to obtain additional information.
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