Kenyan immigrants stage protest at Londonderry church
Around 20 members of the Ushindi Christian Fellowship, a congregation of Kenyan immigrants in Lowell, Mass., protested outside the Londonderry Presbyterian Church Friday morning. The Kenyan parishioners said the Presbytery of Northern New England , which is located inside the Pillsbury Road church, is wrongfully holding more than $300,000 they've raised over the years.April Guilmet (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
"All we want is our money back," Ushindi parishioner Wilfred Wachiuri said. "This is the money we contribute at collections each week, and we feel its being kept illegally."
Allegations against Mumbui are currently the subject of an ongoing civil court action in Massachusetts and Creel said the PNNE would continue to stand "in firm support of the large number of Kenyans who want to see him removed and have their congregation restored."
Earlier this month over 100 of the disgruntled Kenyan parishioners demonstrated outside a regional Presbytery meeting in East Craftsbury, Vt.
"We were sitting down to lunch and we offered them some good Christian hospitality like we would to anyone," he said. "They said they were fasting, but they did come inside to use our facilities."
The protestors politely cooperated with local law officials.
Friday's demonstrators overwhelmingly said they felt Mumbui was innocent of all charges, though stressed that the issue of church finances pointed to a much larger struggle — a longing for independence from the mostly Caucasian organization that's currently overseeing their growing church.
Holding up signs with such slogans as "Remove Watchmen From Our Church" and "Let My People Go," the Kenyans sang, chanted and waived at passing motorists throughout the morning.
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