papai te nkanisa
our father within the church
how we’re missing him!
We have just heard from our dear brother and co-worker, Francis ole Yenko, that his father Simpano has completed his race. He ran well and completed the course, winning his fight. He was a faithful follower of Christ to the end. His wife, Kabarisho, is also a believer. Francis, of course, is an elder of the Olepishet Community Christian Church and the director of the Maasai Discipleship Training Institute. Simpano was between 80 and 90 years of age.
Francis told me this evening on social media chat of his father’s death. Due to pandemic travel restrictions, we cannot journey to visit him personally yet, but we had a good conversation. While we were chatting, I (Joshua) wrote the above lamentation (in haiku form). I also mentioned this to him, “kingar enkijuluus nagut tenebo, kake meibung ilo sina iyiook, amu kimbung iyiook osiligi osipa te Olaitoriani lang!” (we share deep lamentation together with you, but that sorrow does not hold fast to us, for we hold fast to a true hope in our Lord!) We mourn grievously, but we do not grieve as those without hope.
Here is a fairly recent picture of Francis with his parents, Simparo and Kibarisho.
Simpano, may your memory be eternal until you rise up to meet Christ when he returns!