By Sam Mwaura/Samrack Media
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Lowell,MA Sunday March 15th 2015
Hundreds of Kenyans living in the Lowell area of Massachusetts, braced the snow and cold weather, gathered in one accord at PCEA NEEMA Church Lowell to help raise funds to Transport the body of the Late Joseph Mũigai Thuo back to Kenya and help meet all funeral expenses.
The late Joseph Mũigai Thuo passed on at Boston Medical Center
Monday 9th 2015 at 4PM where he had been admitted for Post Surgery Complications.
Pastors,Community Leaders,family and friends gathered and raised a total of $ 28,000 US dollars in a span of 2 hours, this contribution exceeded the initial budgeted amount of $25,000,which would take care of cost of repatriating the body back home and help meet family members expenses while they travel for the funeral in Kenya.
“Now we can comfortable say that the body of the late Joseph Thuo will be returned to Kenya and all his Funeral expenses will be fully covered said one member in attendance.”
The sermon was delivered by the President of the Kenya American Pastors Fellowship, Ven.Peter Gachathi from St Paul’s Lawrence.
Ven .Peter Gachathi thanked all for their display of unity and oneness, at this trying time and offered words of encouragement to the family and all in attendance.He particularly thanked the various Pastors and Churches represented as we all know Sunday is a very busy day for all.
The Emcee and organizing committee Chairman Mr .William Mungai graciously, thanked all in attendance and coordinated all events such as the mode of giving and smooth flow of the meeting,not forgetting chairing all the weekly meetings.
The Various Churches and Pastors in in attendance, were given an opportunity to say a word of encouragement and offer their financial contribution as a Church,or individials depending on their choice.
Mr Stephen Kanyoni gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Thuo family said that
“the overwhelming support from Kenyans of all walks of life was evident that Kenyans can surmount any challenge if they worked together,and if called again or if need arises again and again and again we should rise up to the challenge and meet it head on.”
Rev. Dr. Karimi Mumbui ,Pastor of PCEA NEEMA,Lowell expressed and conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to all who showed up and offered immense support, and community solidarity to the family of the late Joseph Mũigai Thuo, father of Evan Thuo Mũigai and PCEA Neema at large.
“It was indeed a statement that together we can achieve a lot. The issues surrounding and others bedeviling our community continue to be many and varied.It is only in our togetherness that the burdens are lifted and/or become lighter.
Above everything else, let us also realize that we preach more by our presence than our donations and value being there for each other physically,
May the Lord be with you all.”
Thank You NOTE:
I take this very early opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who showed immense support and community solidarity to the family of the late Joseph Mũigai Thuo, father of Evan Thuo Mũigai and PCEA Neema at large. It was indeed a statement that together we can achieve a lot. The issues surrounding and others bedeviling our community continue to be many and varied. It is only in our togetherness that the burdens are lifted and/or become lighter. Above everything else, let us also realize that we preach more by our presence than our donations and value being there for each other physically.
May the Lord be with you all.
Rev. Dr. Karimi Mumbui
P.C.E.A. Neema Church
450 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Morse-Nauliss Funeral Home
The Wake is scheduled for Monday 16th March 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Morse-Nauliss Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd Lowell, MA next to CCF Lowell.