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Goldendale citizen encounters reactions to mall attack in Nairobi



IN THE CENTER OF THE STORM: Jim Monroe, right, stands with staff at the Maua Methodist Hospital in Maua, Kenya, as a new baby warmer is showcased. Monroe and Sue Owen, who have a retirement property near Goldendale, are “retired” ministers working in Kenya. Monroe returned to Nairobi soon after terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall there and reported on reactions from residents.

Jim Monroe and Sue Owen are individual volunteers with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and are Goldendalians by virtue of property they own in the Highland Park development. “Our plan is to retire yet once again and build on our lot in about 2015,” Monroe says. “We are both retired United Methodist pastors from the Oregon area and decided that our first few years of retirement should be spent giving back.” The couple serve as mission coordinators at Maua Methodist Hospital in the city of Maua, Kenya. Monroe was in Kenya shortly after the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall that occurred between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, in Nairobi, Kenya. Follo...

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