30 children baptized as Nakuru residents, street children celebrate Christmas day

Father Geoffrey Thuo baptizing children at Christ the king Cathedral Church in Nakuru on December 25, 2022. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Thirty children aged between three months and three-year-old received the Sacrament of Baptism at Christ the King Cathedral Catholic Nakuru on Christmas day.

The service that started at 11am, saw mothers, fathers, their children, and their godparents line up for about an hour, waiting for the children to be baptized.

The ceremony was marked with wails, cries, and shouts as the babies endured the cold water poured on their heads.

Reverend Geoffrey Thuo called on Christians to be humble like the children and emulate Jesus Christ’s humility.

He reminded Christians how innocent babies were, noting that they have not been corrupted, and encouraged them to raise their children morally, to ensure we have a better Kenya in the future.

Street children were also treated to a great Christmas after they were fed by well-wishers.

Samuel Mburu, a street kid, said had never eaten in a buffet and by the time he finished the buffet line, his plate was filled to the brim.

He said he never expected the treat and thanked those who helped make sure he does not sleep hungry during Christmas Celebrations.

Andrew James, who said circumstances forced him to the street, called on the County Government and Well-Wishers to do more than feed them during the Christmas holidays.

“We can do more. I have talent; I am a dancer and with support, I can make it professional, earn from it and get myself and others out of the street.

The clergy had a universal message of encouraging residents to care for the sick, street children, orphans, prisoners, and the elderly.

Nakuru Diocese Anglican Church of Kenya Bishop Joseph Muchai insisted that caring was by sharing what we have.

“Those who have should donate food and clothes. We should visit the sick, those in prison, and provide for the orphans,” he said.

Children aged seven and below had a fun time in the city and enjoyed games at Cyprus Park.

Faith Mwende, a parent, said the children were tired from the marathon in school over the last three years, and needed to rest and enjoy the holiday.

She called on parents to sacrifice and ensure their children enjoy the holiday.

Joram Wangai, also a parent, said he had to treat his children because the holiday comes once in a year.

The park’s manager David Mwangi said business was booming and this year would be a better Christmas holiday.

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