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PHOTOS: Rare event brings together Kenyan faith leaders from metro Atlanta and beyond

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BY PASTOR JOHN MACERE

November 24th 2019 will go down in history to be one of the most remarkable days in the Kenyan Christian Community of Faith in Greater Atlanta. It became the inception of  a Great thanksgiving Event (GTE).

It is the day that brought together  many Kenyans living in Georgia. They converged at the International Community Outreach Church in Grayson, Georgia. The fact that many Kenyans came together in big numbers for The purpose of THANKING GOD ONLY –  made a significant impact. This indeed was a firts as it had never been witnessed before in Georgia.

The event was graced by 3 community bishops including Rev. Bishop. Don Mwawasi of Believers Cerebration Center (BCC), Rev. Bishop Ibrahim Mwangi, of Faith Center Ministry International and Rev. Bishop Dr. GG Gitahi the Senior Pastor of Kenyan American Community Church (KACC). Absent with apology was Rev. Bishop Joe Wamutitu of Bethesda Empowerment International Center (BEIC)  but was represented by his wife, Pastor Antoninah Wamutitu.

Also in Attendance was a big group of Pastors and Ministers of the Gospels plus their spouses. All of these were accompanied by several of their church members.

Over 400 people were in attendance excluding the children and youth. Also in attendance were people from other countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Vietnam and our host country USA. The church was full to capacity.

You came in masses, you praised, you prayed, you gave and made history of the first ever Great Thanksgiving Event (GTE) such a successful day. Thank you for answering the call of Snr. Pastor John Macere and the ICOC church family.

 

What an on honor to see all Bishops, Pastors and all men and women of God praising together in one voice as our church communities stood with us cheering us on. This was God indeed!!.

From many that gave touching testimonies, the singers who brought the house down in worship and the church leaders and prayer warriors who led the march to honor God in Thanksgiving; the atmosphere was Heavenly. The unison voices of Elim and SDA choirs, Lady Z, Maryanne and the great ICOC praise team was electrifying

 

No one wanted to leave the room or miss a moment. Our community businesses and NGO leaders, our gospel artists, and the greater ATL Community were present. Our African brothers and sisters from Congo, Ghana, Uganda, Jamaica, Còte d’ Ivoire and Rwanda came to stand with us in this universal celebration! A packed Sactuary of over 400 voices worshipped together to raise an Altar.

We had a very comprehensive program and you stood with us to the very end. Our evening ended with a delicious fellowship meal in plenty prepared by the ICOC hosting ministry. What an honor!

I’m here to say a big thank you. Your gifts of gratitude will build an Altar for God at the ICOC Church and much more.

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The vision to see this Great Thanksgiving Event as an annual activity for all christians, church leaders, businesses, NGOs come together to celebrate and give thanks shall be realized in the coming years. I remain committed to see my conception of GTE bear many future fruits of uniting all Kenyans with the goodwill and support of you all once a year.

You all made this day possible through your prayers, time, contribution and many more. A special thank you to all supporting committees for all the time you sacrificed.

Another group that graced the event was “Atlanta Gospel Artists”. It was a great honor to have them be in the event and participate in presentations.

 

 

Additionary, three famous Choirs in town attended including: Upendo SDA Choir; Elim Church Choir; & Tina K Base from Congo.  Violin Concerto was played by Hope Maryann Ndirangu representing the youth.

The third Group in attendance were Business men and women, CEOs of nonprofit organizations/ministries, and leaders of different professions.

 

The event was well announced through social media including; Whatsapp groups, Twitter, Facebook, Word of mouth, and mails. Kenyan parents in USA (KPIUSA), Ksnmedia, Mykenyanlik, played a vital role of publicizing the day. By 3:00 pm, the church parking lot was already full. People arrived on good time and had enough time fellowship with one another before the event began.

Presentations The event was full of songs of praise and worship led by, ICOC praise and worship team Jenifer & Benji, Lady Z. and Paul Sifa. The presentations of praise songs to God brought such sweet atmosphere, filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The violin instrument played by Hope MaryAnn brought the beauty of angelic melodies.

 

Ministers of the Gospel Introduction There was a moment of appreciating and introducing the servants of God to the public which was done by Apostle Zephaniah Muturi who is the co-coordinator of the Atlanta Pastors and Ministers fellowship, which meets every second Saturday of the month at River Stone Church, Kennesaw GA. Pastoral speech was given by Rev. Bishop Dr. G.G. Gitahi on behalf of all ministers.

 

Closing the Gap: Is a team of pastors wives that was recently began by Mrs. Antoninah Wamutitu which serves as a support system for pastors’ wives. They meet on monthly basis at their houses for fellowship and social welfare. All pastors’ wives are encouraged to join.

Business, Charitable organizations, and Groups introductions.

Leaders of these category business  and Christian organizations presented what they do and they were appreciated. We thanked God for what they do. Sister Jemimah Wachira introduced this group and their respective entities. Those who were in attendance got an opportunity to at least introduce themselves and tell what they do to the community.

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Through social media, and banner printing, the advertisements were done for free by ICOC Church as a way of acknowledging and supporting groups these individuals represent as well as for the accomplishments they have in the community. However, we were not able to reach out to all individuals with different organizations. We hope that in future we will get their attention to make sure that each and every Kenyan in Georgia is aware of them.

Gospel Artists. They were introduced by Mrs. Jerioth Ndirangu. Atlanta has a good number of Gospel artists who came to thank God with us for their music. This was a time of acknowledging them and letting them know that the Kenyan community support them. We will continue do this future. Also a Kenyan visiting Gospel Artist Phyllis Mbuthia was in attendance, and they gave her an honor of singing her song in unison.

ICOC church leadership that planned the hosting of this event was introduced by the senior Pastor Rev. John Macere.  During the speeches the church leadership was represented by Rev. Dr. William Theuri, Church Secretary, and the Church mother Ms. Lucy Gitundu.

Key Thanksgiving Activities: Intercessory prayer was led by Rev. Bishop Ibrahim Mwangi. Utterance of thanksgiving prayers was done by Bishop Don Mwawasi. The word of exaltation was shared by Rev. Dr. Joe Njoroge who spoke on “Ebenezer: Thus far the Lord has helped us”.

Ushering of our thanksgiving offering was done by Rev. Gideon Robi, but in unison of faith the offering was received by three community bishops where the congregants in attendance had a blessed moment of shaking their hands as they gave the offering, and the words of blessings were pronounced upon them by the bishops.

More so, the three bishops held the offertory baskets and waved the offering before the lord. This offering will be used to build an altar for God in His sanctuary at Grayson GA. The ministers in attendance promised to return sometimes next year to dedicate the altar once it is completed. Benediction was offered by Pastor Edward Karanja.

Food:  There was plenty of delicious food that was prepared by ICOC hosting ministry. This type of event will always be marked by a time of sharing hearty Thanksgiving Meal.

The Conception and Birth of the Event: The idea of this event was conceived and spearheaded by Pastor Macere. He expressed his desire to unite all Kenyans in expressing their thanks to God as a revival of the body of Christ. After some arrangements with his local Church to host the event, he then sought the goodwill and support of the Atlanta pastors and Ministers fellowship.

Through the leadership of Rev. Dr. Joe Njoroge & Apostle Zephaniah Muturi, a 5-people- committee was formed to support him. We do Appreciate the rest of committee members including: Ev. Caroline Njoki, Rev. Wambui Njoroge, and Sister Jemimah Wachira of Royal Pal event Planners.

 

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The purpose of Great Thanksgiving Event (GTE) and future prospect

The purpose of this event is to bring together the Christian Community of Faith to Worship God by thanking Him for who He is, for our accomplishments, and for a year full of His blessings. This event will be occurring once a year in Georgia within the thanksgiving season as a Holy Convocation.

The event will seek to bring all Kenyans in Diaspora together especially those in Greater Atlanta, to utter their thanks to God verbally through corporate prayers, songs of praise and worship, testimonies, hearing the word of God, and sharing a fellowship meal. It will seek to bring churches, and all the ministers of the Gospel together to focus on what makes us one. Moreover, GTE will seek support from leaders of different business entities.

By thanking God for all the things He has done, GTE will seek to identify, acknowledge, appreciate, support/promote individuals or corporate businesses, ministries, non-profit organizations, academic achievements, talents & gifts that glorifies God. While we realize that Kenyans in Atlanta have different groups for support system, GTE will become a place where such can meet under one roof irrespective of our different cultural background.  GTE will be seeking to help all Kenyans be a brother to a brother, sister to sister celebrating our successes together as a family.

Without forgetting different challenges that we go through in Diaspora, there will also be a moment of intercessory prayer.

Many thanks to all people who did anything however small it may seem, to make this day possible. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your support and efforts to bring together our Christian community to celebrate thanksgiving as we build an Altar for the ICOC church.

I appreciate your effort to personally come and grace this event. Your time, prayers, your thoughtful gifts and enthusiasm made this occasion special.  Through your support and that of the Greater Atlanta community and all our guests; we were able to give sufficient funds to build God’s Altar in our church.

We are grateful to the many calls, texts and emails we have received as a testimonial of how this event was well appreciated and people requested we keep this banner going in the future for the community of faith truly needs this kind of an event.

Again, I thank you for your time and efforts to support me and our ICOC family. We will remain forever grateful.

To God be the glory. Great things He has done.

On behalf of ICOC, I say thank you to all of you Atlanta! . We are forever grateful!

Yours in Christ Service

Pastor John Macere is the Senior Pastor at ICOC in Grayson, Georgia.

 

 

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TV siren Lulu Hassan says she’s also victim of online shopping fraudsters

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Lulu Hassan and her husband Rahid Abdalla wanted to buy a new television set

They contacted an online seller who offered to sell them TV that was bigger than the one they had at that time

Lulu left the house to pick the TV while Rashid was to prepare space where it would be fixed

– She returned home empty handed after handing over the money to the fraudster

Swahili news anchor Lulu Hassan has narrated a painful experience with online fraudsters who lured her to buying a television set that was nowhere.

While narrating the horrendous experience during the Sunday, January 19, news on Citizen TV, the fluent Swahili speaker said they wanted to buy a new television set, larger than the one they were using at that time.

Being a tech savvy, she and her husband Rashid Abdalla quickly looked for sellers via social media and got connected to a trader who offered to sell them the TV at a relatively cheaper price.

The two agreed to meet up for the transaction and since the TV was huge, she decided to go in a pickup for her to ferry it home with ease.

“I showed up for the meeting to transact with the trader, I went with a pickup car. I gave him the money and he told me just wait here shortly, let me go to the latrine. I never saw him again,” said Lulu.

Interestingly, all along her hubby was at home preparing the house for their newly acquired “huge TV”

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To Rashid’s disappointment, his humble soft spoken wife showed up at home empty handed. No TV.

“I had removed the TV that we had and prepared space for the new one. To my surprise, she showed up at home with red eyes, I knew things were not good, the TV I had waited for was nowhere,” said Rashid.

Although she did not disclose how much she lost, Lulu suggested some of the fraudsters may be using same unorthodox means to lure their victims and steal their money without the customer suspecting anything.

“I don’t know how these people do it or what they use but from experience things are bad…However, not all of them are bad, there are others who genuinely sell quality products,” she said.

There is a tremendous rise in online shopping not only in Kenya but also across the world.

However, the more people join the online shopping, the more the risks and the higher the number of fraudsters.

Experts advise that you should not pay for a product until you see it. Check around and verify authenticity of an online shopper.

Stop shortcuts and go for genuine dealers or suppliers of products as majority of the fraudsters sell their products at very cheap prices to lure customers.

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Chris Kirubi advises fans against rushing into marriage, says they’ll get wrong partners

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Chris Kirubi recently admitted having cancer brought him closer to God

Now, he feels like marriage should never be a rushed endeavour

The businessman advised his fans to always proceed with moderation and wait for the blessing of marriage to come at its own time

Kirubi added rushing into matrimony might cause people to marry the wrong partners

Chris Kirubi is a business mogul, an astute entrepreneur and a man after God’s heart.

However, people have always wondered how a successful guy like him chose not to search for his missing rib after being single for nearly two decades.

During an interview with Business Daily, the Cytonn Investments boss chose to clear the air on why his marital status has always been stuck on single.

The 79-year-old billionaire said he is not willing to chase after the idea of marriage just to please the society.

According to him, rushing into holy matrimony can only lead to a massive heartbreak.

Apparently, when people rush into marriage without sitting back and being patient, they end up getting hitched to the wrong person.

The tycoon reckons that marriage is a blessing but still insists everything happens in its own time.

“Marriage comes to you and it is a blessing, but you do not go chasing it around because you will get the wrong partner. If I am blessed then I will be blessed,” Kirubi said.

Not too long ago, the wealthy businessman admitted his battle with cancer brought him closer to God.

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He has learnt God is the most powerful being who never abandons his children even at their lowest moments.

“It is a shame we always go to God when we need Him, but God will never turn you away because you came to Him later rather than earlier,” Kirubi noted.

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Prince Harry: It brings me great sadness that it has come to this – VIDEO

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Britain’s Prince Harry conveyed “great sadness” on Sunday after he and his wife Meghan royal titles were taken away as part of their agreement with the Queen.

Harry says he saw this as the only way for him to go in the aim for “a more peaceful life” with his wife and young son Archie.

“It brings me great sadness that it has come to this,” Harry told supporters of his Africa-based charity in London.

These were his first emotional remarks since the exit from the royals whose goal was to calm the crisis shaking Britain’s ancient monarchy.

Harry was also frank in that he has been faced with some uneasiness and anxiety since taking the big step of resigning from his royal duties and embarking on a new journey and life abroad.

He was mentally prepared to lose the lavish lifestyle supported by the public money. But what pained him the most was losing his military titles and patronages he got after serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British Army.

The couple agreed to pay back approximately taxpayers money $3.1 million used to renovate their home near Windsor Castle.

“I know I haven’t always gotten it right but, as far as this goes, there really was no other option,” Harry said.

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