The Kenyan community braved the scorching sun and severe heatwaves on Saturday 27th 2019, to bid farewell to the late Francis Muchene Chege who while he lived, diligently served many in the community through his incredible vehicle mechanics skills.
The burial service and ceremony, was attended by over 300 Kenyans who came from as far as Boston Massachusetts, to pay their last respect to a man who was an active member of the Kenyan community especially in sports where he was a member of the famous soccer team Jamhuri F.C.
The emotional send off ceremony, was conducted by the steadfast Pastor G.G. Gitahi of KACC who in his short grave-site speech, eulogized with the emotional touching and deep meaning spiritual bible verse …. “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live”.
As the casket which was earlier draped with Kenyan flag was lowered down, family members were suddenly overcome by great emotional grief and all could not help shedding tears signifying the much love they had for the departed soul, but many in the community, shared the sad moments while consoling and comforting them.
Fare thee well Wachege!… you will be missed by members of Kenyan Parents in USA where you were a member and where you also participated fully in times of joy and in times of sadness.
Majority of Kenyans at the gravesite, saw the ceremony as no different from those held back home and were of the opinion that, a time has come when we should seriously think of buying land here in America to be resting our loved ones as a Kenyan community.
Waira Kamau who worked with the late Wachege expressed gratitude to the Kenyan community for showing solidarity and commitment when one of us passes away.
Others who praised the Kenyan community included Michael Karuu of Ubrica vision who among many community leaders and Kenyans in Marietta, had also come to share his grief with the Muchene’s.
Local Pastors in attendance included Pastor G.G. Gitahi, Pastor Wamutitu, Pastor Kiroko, Pastor Zephaniah, Rev Wambui, Pastor Njoroge, and many others.
May the Lord give strength to Wachege family to continue with their work and we do hope that they will forever be grateful to the man who made it possible for them to pursue the “American dream”.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Kenyan Parents in USA