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  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Family Photos

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Family Photos

    My husband and I got married at a colourful ceremony on January 11, 1986 at St. Andrews Church, Nairobi. This photo was taken outside our home after the birth of our lastborn daughter Esther Gatura in 1993. We enjoyed taking family photos whenever we got a chance. This was at Uhuru Park in Nairobi. During…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 7: Dealing With Rejection & Stigma

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 7: Dealing With Rejection & Stigma

    Some people treat widows like pieces of wood and not human beings with emotional feelings. I found people who were not even close to me asking me very personal and intrusive questions. This is one thing which makes widowhood stigmatized. Some people just decide to be nasty for no reason. Immediately after my husband’s death,…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 6: Put Your House In Order

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 6: Put Your House In Order

    Widows face many unexpected challenges. Some stem from the fact that many African men keep secrets from their wives. So when a man dies, the wife may be confronted with shocking revelations especially concerning finances and property. This is why you find some women who were very social before their husband’s death become very withdrawn…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 5: Forgiveness

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 5: Forgiveness

    The devil is a liar. As God was making a way for me, the enemy was not happy. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 4: Facing My New Normal

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 4: Facing My New Normal

    Three months before my husband died, I had resigned from a good job to do consultancy work. I had worked in that organization for ten years. My work took me to many countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. My husband was a veterinary doctor operating his own business. When I resigned from my job, I…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 3: Saying Goodbye

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 3: Saying Goodbye

    Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 2: The Day My World Crashed

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 2: The Day My World Crashed

    On Saturday, February 2, 1997, my husband took our children to school in the morning at 8.00 a.m. This was before the Kenyan government banned “tuition classes” in schools. Tuition classes were extra hours of school for teachers to catch up on the syllabus or for students to revise and prepare for examinations. My husband…


  • Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 1: Introduction

    Overcoming Life’s Challenges | Chapter 1: Introduction

    My husband, Dr. Christopher Gatura Kagume, and I got married in January 1986 at PCEA St. Andrews Church, Nairobi. Our wedding reception was at Kenya Railways Club, Nairobi next to Uhuru Park. It was a great moment of my life since I had finally achieved the lifelong dream: getting a good education, a good job…


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