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Who is your neighbor?

Hope in the heartland amid

tears for her homeland

By David Myers
Southwest Kansas Register

At about three-fourths the size of Texas, Kenya boasts more than 42 spoken languages, the most common of which is Swahili -- followed closely by English.
Which is why Shirley Kithuka (Kee-thoo-ka), 20, a student from the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya and now living in Great Bend, speaks fluent English with only a lilting accent marking her African birth.
“Swahili is the national language,” Kithuka said. “Everybody speaks it. That’s what brings us together. There are 42 tribes in Kenya; that’s 42 different languages. If we didn’t have Swahili, we wouldn’t know what we were talking about because there are too many people.” Kithuka came to Great Bend six months ago to begin pre-law studies at Barton County Community College. There she resides with her brother, who has been a resident of Great Bend for 10 years, and his wife, a native Kansan.
With an intelligence and maturity beyond her 20 years, she spoke to the Register from the inside of St. Rose of Lima Church in Great Bend, where she shared some of her impressions of the United States and Kansas, and talked about her homeland.
“I arrived in Washington and flew from there to Kansas City,” she said. “Then my brother drove me down here. It’s very different in so many ways. I have never seen snow in my life. I’ve never experienced this kind of frigid weather.
“Also, there are a lot of fast food chains in America. That’s what I noticed most: McDonalds, McDonalds, McDonalds, Wendy’s. It’s hard for me to adjust to the food. We cook with a lot of spices. People here tend not to like spices.”
Even though her home town of Mombasa is second only in size to the capitol city of Nairobi, she said Mombasa is much more “laid back” than the capitol city.
“It’s a five minute walk from my house to the beach,” she said. “I miss the ocean a lot. We like to cook in the house and eat outside. Here it’s unfathomable,” at least in the wintertime.
In describing Nairobi, she could well be describing any large, metropolitan area in the United States: “Moving, moving, moving. Everyone is busy. Nobody has time for you.” But her description is quick to dispel one of many misconceptions Americans have of Kenya and other African nations.
“Number one, Africans do not live on trees,” she said with a chuckle and a shake of her head. “We’re pretty advanced. There’s not much difference. They think Africa is backward.
“Africa is diverse in the number of languages. Many people think if you’re from Africa you speak the same language. Someone asked me if I speak ‘African.’”  
The most striking differences between the Kenyan and American cultures she has noticed have to do with the youth of the two countries – bittersweet differences that shed both a positive and negative light on each nation.
“In Kenya, decisions are made by your parents,” she explained. “You listen to your parents. It’s pretty serious. When you are 18 you can start to make some strong decisions. But as long as you’re in your parent’s household you’re supposed to be respectful enough to just pretty much listen to your parents. I find that here, kids have the freedom to argue with their parents and decide for themselves if they want to move out when they’re 16 or 18.
“It’s has its pros and cons, because sometimes parents know better. Sometimes you should listen to your parents, and when you’re that age you don’t necessarily think about it that way. That’s the risk.”
School in Kenya is much more difficult because students must compete for the best high schools.
“It’s rigorous,” she said. “The stuff I’m doing in college now is just a review of what I did in high school. In Kenya it’s like a competition. You know the way Harvard is supposed to be the best? Well, they have schools like that for high schools. People in the eighth grade are working so hard to get the best grade to go into the best school.
“You don’t get to choose to drop out of high school.  In Kenya, if you drop out, you’re friends would be like, ‘What are you doing?!’”
When asked what Kenyans could learn from Americans, she acknowledged that the schools could “loosen up a bit. It’s really a high stress level. When you’re that age, why should you have that high of stress? We could learn to loosen up.
“Also, our leaders could learn to stop being so ridiculous. They are greedy; they don’t know how to make decisions in the best interest of people. You entrust them with these positions of power and give them a chance to give you certain services, and they just get greedy all of the sudden and forget about why they’re there. And there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Not far beneath her intelligent and ambitious demeanor is a girl who is deeply homesick. There are more than 8,700 miles between Mombasa, Kenya, and Great Bend, Kansas, and Kithuka has wept for each one of them.
When she would become sad while at home in Mombasa, she would go to her Catholic church, sometimes sitting quietly, sometimes weeping softly until the blues lifted.
She’s had all too many such moments in Great Bend, sitting in St. Rose Church, thinking of her mother, father and brother she left behind, and of her beloved homeland. At St. Rose she may see the ghosts of the Swahili dancers in colorful dress bringing the gifts to the altar during Mass, something she misses dearly.
Kithuka isn’t sure when she’ll get to travel back home for a visit, but she knows it will be no sooner than the summer of 2011 – a lifetime -- because of the financial cost. Her tuition alone is three times that of local students.
“It’s hard,” she said with a slight smile. “I’m 20; I’m still young and still pretty emotional.”
She urged people to “be empathetic with foreign students because a lot of what we experience is very difficult. You’re leaving your whole family at home, you leave everything you know, your lifestyle and your friends, and you begin to live this life. People should be empathetic and try and offer a shoulder. Be open to other cultures.”
Despite the hardships, she has been moved by one factor that has been commonly expressed by those from foreign countries visiting southwest Kansas: “People here are so nice. They take time to say hello.”

Past Issues

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Dec. 17, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Celebrate Christmas 'unplugged'; Msgr. Matthew Smith; Klan; Catholic Charities Annual Appeal; Fr. Larry Rosebaugh; A Guadalupe Encounter; Laci and Joe Salazar; A Christmas Wish; Adoption; Confession; Advent; EWTN; Christmas Blues; Tilma; Pittsburgh; PSR

 

Dec. 3, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2017 NCYC; Wheel of Balance; Marita Rother; Stanley Rother; slavery; trafficking; Windthorst water damage; martyred priests; confession; reconciliation; How to go to confession; recipe for codfish cakes; Catholic schools; appeal

 

Nov. 19, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Saints; Father Kola; Black Elk; Giving Tuesday; velvet Elvis; a Slice of Time; Dani Sandoval; Mexican Village; Father Tim Hickey; New faces at chancery; priests share thoughts on confession; Wheel of Balance

 

Nov. 5, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Matrimony Anniversary Mass, 2017; Riebel; Faith and Light; Scripture Day; Sex in the Bible; Quilt, Mexican Village Story; Finance; Fatima pilgrimage; Fowler church window renovation; Medicare; Crazy Glue


Oct. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Father Francis Jordan; Sister Renee Kirmer; Father Rother beatified; religious liberty; RCIA Kansas; V Encuentro; Bishop Weisenburger; Daughters of Isabella; Bishop Gerber Science Center


Oct. 1, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: De Colores; Rebein; Dreamer; Pies; Kellner; Code Quilts; Sister Crucita; Feezor; Formed.org; Sin and pain

 

 Sept. 17, 2017

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Sister Lucy Fidelis; Underground Railroad; Sister Irene Hartman; DACA; new priests; teachers; Volunteer of the Year; Golf Classic; St. Francis Xavier; St. Nicholas Parish Center, Kinsley; seminarians; Knights Lite; Stewardship Day 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

Aug. 13, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Coronado Cross; Masada; Moody Gardens; Elders; Rother; undocumented children; cages; year of mercy; Kumi; Hollywood makeup artist; New Mexico; refugee women.

July 16, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Summer camp; tithing and almsgiving; Bill Baalmann; Nathan Schaller; Jubilarian Sisters; Sister Hortencia Rodriguez; Sister Petrona Stockemer; Sister Denise Sevart; Convocation of Catholic Leaders; Mother talks about her son entering seminary; Arcoiris; Youth group travels to Colorado Springs; Major Phillip Roth

June 11, 2017 (Updated)

Ordination; Mark Brantley; Jacob Schneider; Father's Day; Thanks, Dad!; Appeal; Sister Mary Martin Weaver; Bishop Maralit; Budget; Trafficked women; Deacon Michael Brungardt; Dead Sea Scrolls; softball; Father Urban retirement; Sister Kravec retirement; Father Mazouch retirement; Authentic Joy; Pris Climate Accord; Jack Schramm; Pieta.

May 28, 2017 (Updated)

 

Grateful Hearts; MSFS Provincial; Reddy; Reif; Opossum; Dead Sea Scrolls; Our Lady of Fatima; Jorge Herrera, Jr.; Cursillo; Kough; First Communion; Confirmation

May 14, 2017

Esteban Hernandez; citizen; Lilly Ann Rein, Amberly Jimenez, Mother's Day; peacock; Quattrocchi; President Kennedy; Teen Moms; Junior High Youth Rally; Encounter With God's Call; granny/nanny; seniors' contributions; tornado anniversary; harvest; healthcare; Mr. Brown; Store-bought teeth; Louis and Zelie Martin; Father John Sullivan; Irish priest whose prayers could heal; Mexican beauty queen; Esmaralda Gonzalez; religious life

April 30, 2017

   KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; bully; TEC; Father Marvin Reif; Bet'sie; What makes a hero?; St. Mary of the Plains; tornado

Easter, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Honorable courtship; footsteps of migrants; CHRISM Mass 2017; honoring priests; Encuentro Cross blessed; Daughters of Isabella State Convention; Fatima pilgrim statue; Mary Sharon Moore interview; Senate advances pro-life measures; love must be at the core of family life; Father John Forkuoh's car story; Confirmations; Sisters of Concordia; CNN hero Father Khalil Jaar

March 26, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: From the heart; kidney; Rother; Friar Carmelo; Schnauzer; Lauren Seachris; Lauren's Treat; fire; Guatemala; immigration; Lenten Regulations 1888; Hot Cross Buns; budget; Trump; Forkuoh; Seiwert; South Sudan; hot ashes

March 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Refugees; immigrants; Gilbert Herrman; When you give alms'; Lent; Call to Continuing Conversion, Rite of Election; Charell and Jeremy Owings; adoption; Our Growing Church; Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia; water; creation; Sudan; Darlow Lampe

Feb 26, 2017

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Night to shine; Immigration; immigrants; Knights of Columbus; Pete Gomez; this foreign mission; Creole; Robin Doll; Eagle Scout; Quest

Feb 12, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; March for Life; Pro-life; Executive Order; Secular Franciscan Order; teachers; Down Syndrome; Eagle Scout; Bronze Pelican

Jan. 29, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Thank you, religious; SEEK 2017; homeless man to priest; Fourth Sunday; Secret Service to Sacred Heart; Dr. Gerard Brungardt; Martin Luther King; 110 year old nun; Toddler miracle; Letter from undocumented immigrant; health care; immigration

Jan. 15, 2017

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Mary helps us share; Tighe donates home to Birthright; Pro-life billboard; Theobald Hattrup; Helen and Steve Eck; Pearl Harbor; Reigning Grace

Dec. 18, 2017

KEYWORDS: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2016; Pope Francis Christmas schedule; 2016 high school youth rally; Aerospace engineer; Father Stanley Rother; Radio station; Dying girl's letter; Scout nominations; 12 days of Christmas

Dec. 4, 2016

KEYWORDS: Vocations Day; Pope Advent advice; Ex-prostitute; Spearville mission; Pilgrims v. Zombies; Face of God; Mission bazaar; Ness City fall festival; Rural health care; Archbishop Gomez; Bishops congratulate Trump

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