In Memory of Joseph Wakaria(1963 - 2016)
- Joseph Wakaria
- Juliette Wakaria
- Ji-Yung, Ji-Mi, Samouhan, Sharon
- Birth Date
- September 1, 1963
- Blessing Date
- January 12, 1989
- Ascension Date
- October 25, 2016
Our beloved and dear brother, Joseph (Joe) Wakaria, of the Washington DC Family Church, ascended to the spirit world on Tuesday, October 25, after a battle with cancer. Joe is a loved and respected brother by all who know him; and especially loved and cherished by his devoted family. Joe met True Parents and joined our movement in Kenya in 1983, and has been a dedicated and involved member of our church family in Kenya and in the USA ever since. Joe will be remembered by many, who will miss him for his peace loving and caring attitude as a leader, brother, and family member.
He is survived by his wife Juliette, and their four daughters, Ji-Yung, Ji-mi, Samouhan and Sharon.
Let us support Joe's family during this important and special time, and pray together for his victorious transition to a glorious new life in the spiritual world.
Following is a biography and information about the Seonghwa Service from his family and the Washington DC church pastors.
Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Dr. Michael Balcomb
Joseph (Joe) Njoroge Wakaria was born on September 1, 1963 in Nairobi, Kenya as the third son and fifth child in a family of seven. His elder brother James witnessed to his beloved younger brother, and Joe joined the Unification Church of Kenya in 1983. Eventually, all his brothers and sisters joined the Unification movement. Very quickly, an American missionary named Kenneth Gray noticed Joe’s intelligence, determination, and generous heart, and helped him acquire an International Relief Friendship Foundation scholarship for the following year. On that scholarship, Joe was able to come to the USA, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Bowie State University. Joe went on to complete the Master of Divinity program at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) and later, he earned a second Master’s Degree at the University of Bridgeport.
After UTS he returned home to support and develop the Kenyan church. Joe received the Marriage Blessing from True Parents in 1989 with the 1275 couples in Korea and, in 1997, Joe returned alone to the US to work with the American Family Coalition. He was able to bring his family to the US in 2002 and they eventually settled in Maryland.
Joe attended the Washington, D.C. Family Church for many years and, earlier this year was elected Secretary General of the Church Council. Constantly reaching beyond his church community, Joe was an integral part of his large Kenyan community.
Joe is a man deeply cherished by his family, highly appreciated by friends who know him as a peacemaker, and known as a selfless community leader in the Washington, D.C. area. Everyone who met him could see that he lived his life as a truly caring human being.
After fighting valiantly through this second round of brain cancer, our dear brother, husband and father Joe ascended to the Spirit World on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 12:05pm. In the US, he is survived by his precious family: his wife Juliette Wakaria and four daughters Ji-Yung, Ji-mi, Samouhan and Sharon.
Every evening from 7pm – 10pm community prayers will be offered at the Washington DC Family Church, 1610 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC until Nov. 5.
The Seonghwa Service will be held Saturday, November 5th, at 10 AM at the Washington DC Family Church located at 1610 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC 20009.
Won Jeon Ceremony
The burial will take place on Saturday, November 5th, at 1 PM at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, at the National Won Jeon, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood MD 20722.
In lieu of flowers, please offer your support of the family through GoFundMe, either by participating in the community fundraiser or by sending a check to the family.
October 29, 2016
3pm – 8pm
Washington Family Church
1610 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Checks can be made out to Juliette Wakaria and sent to their home:
Mrs. Juliette Wakaria
1262 Allen Court
Waldorf, MD 20602
- 10 AM
- Saturday, November 5, 2016
- Washington DC Family Church: 1610 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC 20009