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Back from Africa: Reflections on an immersion trip to Kenya

Vern Davison is a Maryknoll friend and benefactor who recently went on an immersion trip to Kenya and Tanzania.   These are his notes and reflections:
Serenity isn't freedom from the storm, it is peace within the storm.
The African culture has a serenity and Ubuntu  "I am because we are". plus a Swahili phrase "Poli-poli"... Go slowly with dignity,and community. God is great (African religion)
I will share what I learned and was transformed by their culture and religion with you over the next few days. I hope you find it  interesting.
We visited Africa from Feb 7th to Feb 25th. This was an immersion experience led by Maryknoll ...Deacon Matt Dulka and Fr Bob Jalbert, Fr Bob speaks Swahili fluently and was stationed in the slums of Nairobi for 20 years, which was very valuable for our experience. 
I extended my visit several days the guest of a Kenyan born priest Fr Paul which rounded out my experience.

We visited educational facilities, slums, Aids clinics, orphana…