Once in a while a young missionary coming from mission work overseas will pass by The Seed Magazine office. We are always curious to know their experiences working in foreign lands, where they often find that they have to learn new languages and new cultures in order to be able to interact with the people.
This month we bring you the story of Fr Stephen Alfred Odhiambo Otieno as interviewed by Stephen Mukhongi on his experience working in Venezuela.
How did you receive the news of your commissioning to work in Venezuela?
Upon my ordination on August 20, 2016, I was mandated to go to the continent of America. According to Consolata Missionaries, it is the continent counsel sends members to different the IMC communities in, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, USA, and Canada.
I didn’t expect to go to Venezuela but on the other hand, I was very excited because I had always dreamt of going to Latin America. I liked the experiences other missionaries who had been there shared.
How was your reception in Venezuela?
I travelled on February 20, 2017 and it was my longest travel ever. It took me from Nairobi to France, and to Venezuela — a total of 22 flight hours.