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DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: Kenyan Bishop, Dr. Josiah Thuku Kambutu passes away in the United States

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It is with a heavy heart that we Announce the death of Bishop Dr. Josiah Thuku Kambutu on Thursday, June 1st, 2017. Dr. Josiah Thuku was born on December 13th, 1953 in Nairobi, Kenya. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in September 2016 and continued treatments until his passing.

He was the Founder of House of Fellowship Church of God where he served faithfully as the Senior Pastor.

He has left behind his Wife Joyce Thuku, Sons, Irungu, Mwanzia, Moses, Karungu, Joshua and daughter Kafura.

The House of Fellowship Church of God had its origins in the Swahili Bible Study Group that had been established within the ministries of the Word of Life Church of God in Springfield, Virginia.  Word of Life sought to serve spiritual needs of the increasingly diverse population of Northern Virginia and the Swahili ministry was one aspect of that service.  This ministry was led for several years by the Reverend Josiah Thuku Kambutu, a native of Kenya and a divinity student in Northern Virginia.

Friends are meeting daily at the Family Residence located at 4440 Briarwood Ct. S. Annandale, VA 22003 on Mondays to Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sundays at 6:30 pm.

We gratefully appreciate your kind contributions and donations towards the burial expenses. Donations are being made through :
Deposit to Bank of America:-
Joyce Thuku
Account # 435041610587
Checks in the name of:- Joyce Thuku and Mail to 5533 N. Morgan St. Apt 304 Alexandria VA 22312.

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GoFundme Account- https://www.gofundme.com/Dr-Josiah-Thuku

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**CashApp – Irungu Thuku 703 635 5170 ($irunguthuku)
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https://cash.me

For more information please contact the following persons:

House of Fellowship Church

Sister Janet Otieno (HOF) – 571 723 1717
Sister Meggie Waruri (HOF)- 703 389 6633
Elder Peter Kamau (HOF)- 571 529 3228
Sister Brenda Sanya (HOF)- 571 286 7246
Pastors Committee

Dr. James Njoroge – 571 383 7244
Evangelist Isaac Kariuki – 240 426 5633
Pastor Peter Osano-301 693 3771

Pastor Steve Musau-703 401 4486

Pastor Jean Bosco- 254 720 969 839

Pastor Geoffrey Gatambia-301 802 8794

Bishop Martin Mwangi- 240 421 8222

Bishop Grace Kariuki- 540 216 6191

Freddy Muroki-202 486 3081

Pastor Peter Gachira-571 431 9191

Rev. Dr. Kihiu-859 230 7292

Pastor Boniface Kanani- 240 370 9753

Pastor Andrew Mugo-301 300 2772

Eric Ndaka-301 467 5910

Pastor Julius Bii-240 765 9894

Bishop Paul Mulani- 240 751 3152

Pastor James Ngige-240 646 2776

Pastor Richard Rotich-240 765 9776

Rev.Dr. Francis Duodu- 240 421 5080

Evangelist Mercy Agnes- 240 429 2840

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Kenyan students in the US to lose visas if their classes move online

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Kenyan students in the United States may soon be forced to return home if their colleges or universities opt for online learning only, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

In a statement on Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that students on non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visas who attend universities that operate entirely online amid the Covid-19 pandemic may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.

FULL ONLINE COURSES

“Students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” said ICE.

The agency added that F-1 students who attend schools that provide a mixture of online and in-person classes will be permitted to take some online courses.

According to ICE, the schools must certify to the Student Exchange Visitor Program “that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree.”

F-1 students whose universities will maintain full in-person classes will remain bound by federal laws that allow a maximum of one class or three credit hours online.

IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES

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“Students who remain in the United States while taking only online courses could face immigration consequences, including the initiation of removal proceedings,” ICE said.

Last year, the number of Kenyans enrolled in US higher-education institutions rose by nearly four per cent, reaching a total of 3,451 students, according to a 2019 study published by a State Department Bureau and Institute of International Education, a New York-based NGO.

Africans overall account for 40,000 of the 1,095,000 international students in the US.

The updated guidance comes as schools in the US consider reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, while imposing restrictions on students’ return that will force some students to stay off-campus and learn remotely for entire semesters at a time.

The ICE announcement comes at a time when the US leads the world in coronavirus caseload. More than 2.9 million Americans have contracted Covid-19 with 130,000 deaths reported.

By Nairobi News

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Family of Kenyan man in US accused of rape by Uber customer seeks help

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A 24-year-old Kenyan in the United States who has been accused of rape is looking for financial support to secure freedom.

The family of Kennedy Wambua Masila who resides in Corona, California is raising funds for their kin who has been held in jail since June 10, 2020, on allegations of rape.

According to the family, Mr Musila, who had just recently migrated to the US from Kenya, is a college student and was working as an Uber driver to make ends meet.

The family in a GoFundMe page, says that on the fateful night, he received a request from the Uber app to pick up a passenger. He then picked her up and dropped her off at her destination.

The woman later called the police and said that he had raped her. He was subsequently arrested and has been held in jail in lieu of Sh2 million ($20,000) bail.

“Ken drove to the pickup location where he picked up a lady who seemed to be intoxicated. Just like he always did, he drove his passenger to her destination and dropped her off. Ken has assured us that during this trip nothing happened and that it was just one of the many trips he had completed that day. He was later arrested on the aforementioned accusation,” says Dr Fastac Mutua, who is organising the fundraiser to raise the bail amount and an additional Sh1.2 million ($12,500) in legal fees.

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According to Dr Mutua, Musila was barely getting settled in the United States and was working two jobs to support his family and also going to school to secure a promising future for himself.

“He has been falsely accused and his promising future put in jeopardy,” says Kennedy’s family,” he adds.

Please donate here: GoFundMe.com

-Nairobi news

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Kenyans among foreign students likely to be deported from US if they take full-online classes in fall

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The Department of Homeland Security has issued a policy revision on foreign students studying in the United States which will lead to mass deportation of students who don’t take on-campus classes.

The department has restricted foreign students from attending classes completely online. The restrictions include the possibility of deportation. See full press release here below:

SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester.

WASHINGTON – The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the procedures and responsibilities in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule.

Temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester include:

  1. Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.
  2. Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools operating under normal in-person classes are bound by existing federal regulations. Eligible F students may take a maximum of one class or three credit hours online.
  3. Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students pursing vocational degrees, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses.
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Schools should update their information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) within 10 days of the change if they begin the fall semester with in-person classes but are later required to switch to only online classes, or a nonimmigrant student changes their course selections, and as a result, ends up taking an entirely online course load. Nonimmigrant students within the United States are not permitted to take a full course of study through online classes. If students find themselves in this situation, they must leave the country or take alternative steps to maintain their nonimmigrant status such as a reduced course load or appropriate medical leave.

Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency.

F-1 nonimmigrant students pursue academic coursework and M-1 nonimmigrant students pursue vocational coursework while studying in the United States.

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