Dean's Blog

International Flavour

Meal with KenyansOne of the distinctive aspects of the life of our Cathedral, which is true of many Chaplaincies overseas is the international nature of our community and I rejoice in the richness of our diversity. There is something very special about being part of an international Christian family. But perhaps this year I have become increasingly aware of the different cultures and language groups that make up this diverse family. In the summer I met with a Chinese Mandarin speaking Bible study group meeting on a Friday afternoon. And this last Friday Tricia and I went out for a meal at the Hong Kong Restaurant (!) with a group of Kenyans working here in Bahrain as teachers, in retail and sales and as housemaids. Most were Kikuyu, from  the area I worked as a volunteer teacher in the mid-70’s, so my few words of Kikuyu certainly has helped to cement relationships. One of the questions I put to them was how can we as a Church community support, encourage and help them spiritually in their time in Bahrain? The Diocese has a link with the Diocese of Thika, so may be there ways that this group can connect us with Kenya in the future.