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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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Jowie to spend Christmas and New Year at Manyani Prison

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The family of murder suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, has cried foul after he was moved from Kamiti Maximum Prison to Manyani.

Manyani Prison is in Taita Taveta County.

Jowie has been at Kamiti Maximu Prison since 2018 after he was arrested in connection to the murder of Monicah Kimani.

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He was arrested as police could not corroborate his claim of being shot in the shoulder at Langata which he reported at Lang’ata Police Station.

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie’s family members broke down in court on Tuesday as he is was denied bail.

Jowie has remained behind bars during the trial period.

Justice James Wakiaga said he agreed with the prosecutor that Jowie is a man with access to guns and therefore witnesses would be afraid to testify against such a person.

Below are reasons why Jowie was denied bail.

1 He might interfere with the case.

2. He is a threat to himself.

“THE FIRST ACCUSED IS NURSING A GUNSHOT WOUND WHICH ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION IS  SELF INFLICTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

BUT ACCORDING TO THE ACCUSED IT IS AS A RESULT OF AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT AFTER HE WAS SHOT AT.

Jowie in court
Jowie in court

Wakiaga added,

WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT THE ACCUSED PERSON IS UNDER THREAT OF DANGER AND SHOULD BE UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION AND THAT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED UNDER PROTECTIVE CUSTODY WHERE EFFECTIVE POLICING IS POSSIBLE.”

3. He has no permanent residence given the fact that Jacque Maribe’s house is now a crime scene so the court fears he might be a flight risk in layman’s language anaweza potea.

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4. He is a dangerous person for the fact that he owns a gun and some potential witnesses might feel intimidated.

5. There was no tabled evidence to show that Jowie could not be able to access specialized medical attention.

He had submitted that he was in need of specialized medical attention thus he be granted bail.

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Chile Military plane goes missing with 38 aboard

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A Chilean military plane board 38 individuals is reported to have gone missing just after takeoff from the country’s south for a station in Antarctica. It is believed to have crashed.

Crew members aboard C-130 were seventeen, and the others were passengers.

Chile air force statement on Tuesday added: “all national and international air and maritime means available in the area are continuing the search (for survivors) in the sector where communications were lost with the aircraft.”

The aircraft lost contact about over an hour after taking off. The plane took off Monday at 4.55 pm (19:55 GMT) from an airbase in Punta Arenas in Chile’s far south and contact was lost at 6.13 pm.

The onboard members were to sort logistical support roles at Chile’s Eduardo Frei Antarctic base — the country’s largest, the Air Force said.

The crew was as well being flown to examine the base’s floating fuel supply pipeline and carry out any anti-corrosive measures at the facility.

“The plane did have a satellite positioning system, but it did not appear to be working during the early morning search, “said Eduardo Mosqueira, Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade.

President Sebastian Pinera’s country has been facing severe civil unrest in decades. He said in a tweet, he would fly to the southern city of Punta Arenas with Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

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Upon arrival, he would speak with Defense Minister Alberto Espina on how to conduct the search and rescue mission using aircraft and navy vessels.

This is the latest occurrence in the country. The Chileans have been protesting social and economic inequality as well as entrenched political elite for almost two months.  In a report by the Organization of American States, this crisis and its demonstrations have resulted in 26 deaths and over 12000 injuries.

 

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Bob, Eliud Kipchoge top list of 2019 most searched on Google

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Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and marathoner Eliud Kipchoge have topped the list of 2019 most searched on Google.

Other local personalities are John DeMathew, Joyce Laboso, Ken Okoth, Tob Cohen, Governor Mike Sonko, Jonathan Moi, Ivy Wangeci and Esther Arunga.Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Avengers Endgame, Bird Box, When They See Us and Sex and the City topped the list on most popular movies and serieses.Can you drive a manual car?

Well, ‘how to drive a manual car’ topped the list of Google How-to searches.Others in the list included how to file returns, apply for a passport, start a business, make money, [to be] successful in life, get a baby boy,  check CRB status, check KCPE results 2019 and get pregnant.The information by Google was released on Monday night at a Nairobi hotel.

Other top trending local personality searches listed Ken Okoth, Joyce Laboso, Tob Cohen, Ivy Wangeci, Imran Okoth and McDonald Mariga.Okoth and Laboso died from cancer on July 26 and 29 respectively.

Their deaths, and that of Safaricom ex-CEO Collymore shaped conversations on the scourge and what the government is doing to curb the rising numbers.

Top trending news searches featured Form I selection 2020, the Likoni Ferry tragedy, BBI report and Kibra elections.

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Also in the list were the Ethiopian air crash, KCPE results 2019, the Dusit Riverside attack and Census 2019.

Top trending personality searches included Zimbabwe former President Robert Mugabe, musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Nipsey Hustle, David Luiz, Bruno Fernandez, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, Harry Maguire and footballer Nicolas Pépé.The list on top how-to tech searches majorly revolved around phones.

They included how to track a phone number, take care of a phone, hack a phone and track a lost phone.Other How-to searches included downloading YouTube videos, creating a website, hacking Wi-Fi, converting PDF to Word, creating a YouTube channel and paying for parking.

Cooking tips and queries made it to the list of top 2019 searches, including how to cook mandazi, bake a simple cake, make pancakes or cook omena and spaghetti.

Health queries in the Google search surrounded calculating BMI, losing belly fat, losing weight, reducing tummy and getting pregnant.Trending sports searches were the Africa cup of nations 2019, Uefa nations league, ICC world cup 2019, Rugby World Cup, EPL, women’s world cup, Kariobangi sharks vs Everton and Zarika vs Phiri.

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