I am Josephat Gichana Oenga from the Diocese of Kisii, Western Kenya. I was born in the year 1987 into a family of seven: two brothers and four sisters. I came to know the Oblates while in the minor seminary when Fathers Joe Jacek and Fidel Munkiele came to promote Vocations.
During this promotion, I got interested to know the Oblate Charism in detail: “Evangelizing the poor with their many faces.” In the process, I realized the deep meaning of the charism and went ahead to contact them so as to help me understand it fully. I was called later to come and see. I was impressed with what I saw: community life that was full of love, visiting the poor in the slums, visiting the sick in the hospital among others.
I made a decision to join them. It is almost five years I have been with them (2007-2011). At the moment I look forward to finishing my three year course in philosophy by next May 2012.
One thing that I have come to appreciate about the Oblates is that of generosity, hospitality, and prayer. Indeed, they are so welcoming, so deeply rooted in prayer.
On the other hand, the great challenges I find here is that of the community: many of us come from different backgrounds with different cultures. It becomes difficult to try to fit in all of these differences. Despite all this diversity, I still feel called to continue with the Oblates if given that chance.