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Mwangi: A Young African Boy's Journey to Faith
by Rene Ritsi
illustrated by Cameron Thorp

Mwangi: A Young African Boy's Journey to Faith by Rene Ritsi illustrated by Cameron Thorp
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Mwangi lives in a small African village where he helps his mother with their growing family. He yearns to go to school, where the world will open up for him. One day an Orthodox priest arrives in Mwangi's village, and everything changes...

As an overseas missionary with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center for many years. Rene Ritsi tells this heart-warming story from the standpoint of her extensive knowledge of both African culture and Orthodox mission work.

Written for children, this hardbound book is filled with lively illustrations created by Cameron Thorp. The illustrations convey the warm and vibrant colors of East Africa.

Presbytera Rene (with her husband, Fr. Martin, and their children, Stephaos and Nicole) was sent as a long-term missionary to Nairobi Kenya in 1987 to serve the Eastern Orthodox Church. Presbytera taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and public speaking at the Makarios III Orthodox Seminary in Nairobi, Kenya; assisted with the Archdiocese finances; and offered women's retreats in the Archdiocese. The Ritsi family then served as OCMC missionaries in Albania, where they helped to re-open the Orthodox Church that had been persecuted and closed for decades. The Ritsi family returned to the United States at the end of 1998. They are now living in St. Augustine, FL where Fr. Martin serves as the Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center and Presbytera coordinates the Support-A-Mission Priest program.

Cameron Thorp, an award-winning artist, works as a freelance illustrator and designer. Cameron grew up in New Zealand and has spent his time in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Mexico as a missionary. He now lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and five children.

Hardbound. 32 pp.

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