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December 2021 newsletter


Russ Brine, Kenya

Being blessed — “Mr. Rush” in Kenya

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy,
the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
— C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

Dear friends,

In October of this year, I returned to serving in mission in Kenya. I am very pleased to be back. My five years of mission service in Cambodia, working in the administration of a project for deaf youth, went quickly.

My new assignment is to build the capacities of the accountants and program managers at the local Catholic diocese in financial management. The Diocese of Kitale runs hundreds of schools and six health facilities. It also has projects for orphans and vulnerable children, people living with disabilities, women’s groups, and water development.

Mt. Elgon, which straddles the Kenya-Uganda border

Here in Kenya, the first thing I have noticed is how the country has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a developing country like Kenya, it is not possible for people to work at home, and it is not possible for people to socially distance in the crowded marketplaces and on public transportation.

There have been four severe waves of infection, but it now seems to be in decline with many people now developing a natural immunity. Fortunately, Kenya has a young and resilient population; and the vaccines are now becoming more available as well.

I gratefully received the AstraZeneca vaccine while still in Cambodia. For good measure, the Royal Government even gave me a third jab — a booster — during my last week in country.

As always, I greatly appreciate your support and encouragement.

Yours in Christ,
Russ Brine


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