Celebrating 150 years of Methodism in Kenya
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 17:38
The Methodist church in Kenya has been in existence for 150 years now. This is a good time for us to pause and ponder on what the Lord has done. It is also time to re-examine ourselves and consider our ways and walk with the Lord. It is by His grace that we have come this far.
Over those years, the church has grown with leaps and bounds and has contributed enormously to development and social well being of our society in addition to her core mandate of ministering to the spiritual needs of the populace. During the 46th annual conference of the Methodist Church in Kenya meeting at the Methodist Guest House and Conference Center, the delegates passed a resolution to mark 150 years of Methodism in Kenya and the region as a way of celebrating what the Lord has done.
As a church, we acknowledge the humble beginnings that saw the birth of the Methodist church in Kenya. We recognize the work that was done by great missionaries that sacrificially gave their lives for the sake of Christ; we salute all those who have contributed to the growth and development of this church. We note with a lot of appreciation the many great men and women who despite the strong opposition from their families and communities embraced the foreigners and the missioners and converted to Christianity and to Methodism.
Some gave their time others gave their land while other gave their life. We thank God for the
great work that has been done in our society by the church over those 150 years.
It is with passion, commitment and need to re-evaluate ourselves so as forge ahead that motivates us to have a reflections and celebrations moment; a time to pause and ponder. To look backwards and to also look forward, as we ask ourselves a very significant question:
"Where will this church be in the next 150 years?"
We would also wish to recognize the efforts of all those brothers and sisters who have held firmly to Methodism this far.
Objectives of the celebration
The following are the objectives for 150 years celebrations of Methodism in Kenya and in the region.
1. To make a mark for example by creating an altar(s) in appreciation of the 150 years the Lord has seen us through; under the theme: "This far the Lord has brought us" (1Samue17:12b)
2. To sensitize the churches, members and the community what the Lord begins, He is able to sustain and they can therefore depend on Him.
3. To commemorate what God has done in our lives as a church and individuals for these 150 years.
4. To revive and rekindle the spirit of Methodism and the Wesleyan traditions among the flock.
5. To remind ourselves, the connexion and all people called Methodists of our greatest mandate/great commission (Mathew 28:18-20)
6. To re-establish our roots, acknowledge the pathfinders and shapers of the Methodist church in Kenya.
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