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Passing of Kitui Staff Member Cyrus Kiola

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With great sadness, we send you the news that Cyrus Mulwa Kiola, our night watchman at the Kitui Baby Home for five years, passed away late last week. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with liver cancer and given several years to live. However, the cancer recently spread to his lungs and he passed away earlier than anyone was expecting.

When asked about his work at Kitui, Cyrus often told us that the job was like a miracle, and he loved performing his duties.

One of Cyrus’ favorite verses was:

In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. I John 4:17-18

He always greeted us with a smile, making sure we had warm water for the bucket baths each morning. One of his prized possessions was a slingshot, and bow and arrow; he loved showing them to us. We are forever thankful to Cyrus for performing the demanding job of protecting the children each and every night.

Please continue to pray for the Kitui Baby Home, the staff, children, and Cyrus’s wife and five children.

Funeral services will be held this Saturday.

When asked by 58ten what his biggest life challenge was, Cyrus’ said it was paying the school fees for his children, because he always wanted the best for them. If helping with these fees is something you would like to do for his family, simply go to https://58ten.kindful.com/?campaign=273081.

-John Mark

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