St. James Kaikor Parish annual Youth Formation was held in Lobur from the 19th to the 23rd December 2017. The participants included youth from 9 out-stations (Kaaleng, Kaikor, Kokuro, Lobur, Napeikar, Kibish, Lokomarinyang, Koyasa and Napak) that form part of the vast Kaikor Parish. Under the the theme “I AM THE CHURCH”, the event involved educative and motivational talks during morning sessions and interactive sports in the evenings. Different facilitators graced the occassion with each addressing a given topic: Mr. Martin Emoru addressed issues on Life Skills and Character Formation, Sr. Joy talked about Youth: Hope of The Church, Mr. Joseph Ekutan addressed issues on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, Fr. Denis talked on the Role of the Youth in the Church and Fr. Albert talked on The Youth in the World Today.
The last day of the formation week was marked with a series of talent shows from different outstations. Items such as edonga (turkana dance), rapping (free style), dancing, modelling and fashion show, comedy among others were presented: this event showed a great amount of talent embedded in these youth.
Finally the youth did some community service such as tree planting, cleaning the environments and digging in the shamba.
It was evident that the youth enjoyed their stay in Lobur and participation in the event. The youth are the future of the Church and if such events are encouraged then many youth will rediscover their passion for the Church and the faith.
May the Lord guide and protect the youth in the Church so that they may be true witnesses of the Gospel values. I thank all those who made this event a success; may the Lord reward you abundantly!
Fr. Wycliffe Ochieng MCSPA (Youth Chaplain)