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In Memoriam: Thomas Kinyanjui
2010-08-24

There will be a service to honour the life of Providence Seminary student, Thomas Kinyanjui, Monday, Sept. 13, 7:00 p.m. in the Providence College Chapel. Thomas passed away August 19, 2010 after a brief but heroic battle with cancer. There will be a chance to share your memories of Thomas.

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Thomas Kinyanjui came to Providence Seminary from Boston where he had completed a degree in computer science. He felt a definitive calling to be involved in Christian work, which led him to search for theological education. Thomas anticipated graduating next April.

Thomas was very active in seminary chapels and at the Grunthal Elim Church which he made his church home. He was an outstanding student and a very gentle spirit. He was known around Providence as “beautiful Thomas.”

Sometime this spring Thomas contracted Burkitt lymphoma, a very aggressive type of cancer. A memorial service was held today at the Elim church in Grunthal; his body will then be transported to Kenya for a funeral service there.

Thomas came from Kenya. Through high level expediting of travel arrangements, his mother, Jane, was able to be here from Kenya to visit him. His fiancé, Mercy, was also here from Boston to be with him. None of his other siblings nor his father were able to be present.

John and Eleanor Kype from Tourond Esso have been his Canadian parents, as they have been for many Providence international students. They have spent many hours in providing housing and travel.

Megan and Areimei Kamei are the contacts for Thomas. Megan has a prayer chain arranged on Facebook. Grace Sandulak has also spent many hours with Thomas.

Much help for Thomas has come from the Elim church and Pastor Jarrod Chamberlain.

Your prayers for the family and those giving Thomas care are much appreciated.

On behalf of friends and family,
President Gus Konkel

 
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