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Advent 2023 newsletter


Russ Brine, Kenya

And when Jesus went out, he saw a great multitude;
and he was moved with compassion for them and healed their sick.
—Mt 14:14-21

Mobile medic Christopher

Mobile medic Christopher: Daktari on safari.

Dear friends,

Over the years, I have had the privilege of seeing many students from the St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Centre complete their education and find employment.

One example is Christopher who was rescued from the streets by the Bosco project when he was a child. His family had fled the arid pastoralist region of Turkana in northern Kenya. This area of Kenya is part of the Horn of Africa, and it is prone to drought and famine.

Our staff prepared Christopher to attend school, and we enrolled him in Sts. Angelica & Charles Primary Boarding School, and later at St. Paul Secondary School. He eventually entered the Kenya Medical Training College. He graduated from a nursing program and found work with an organization that sends mobile health units to the remote pastoralist areas of northern Kenya.

It is good to see that Christopher is now providing medical care to the people in his original home area.

We have had nine students complete medical programs so far, and another eight are in the pipeline. One student has joked that we should start our own Bosco hospital.

As always, I greatly appreciate the support that you have shown through your generous contributions to my Mission Account. Together we support positive changes in lives like Christopher’s, and he in turn brings help and hope to the many people he serves. It is a beautiful circle.

Wishing you a merry Christmas
and every blessing in the New Year!
Russ Brine

Please consider supporting my mission work with the Diocese of Kitale with a donation through the link below.

I also invite you to walk with me as a “COMPANION IN MISSION.” Companions in Mission are friends and generous donors who give financial gifts on a regular (usually monthly) basis. For more information, visit Become a Companion in MissionThank you so much for your generosity! 


Russ Brine
Russ Brine is the finance manager of the Deaf Development Programme in Phnom Penh.