Blessings touched down at Nairobi's JKIA airport on the 25th of June, as Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider made his maiden visit to Kenya in his capacity as Chief Apostle. During his four day visit, he was accompanied by Australian District Apostle Andrew Andersen, Germany’s District Apostle Rainer Storck and hosted by East Africa’s District Apostle Shadreck M. Lubasi, alongside apostles and bishops from all over East Africa.
After a well deserved rest the chief apostle chaired a conference of East African apostles and bishops on Thursday the 26th at the Kasarani sports complex before proceeding to Mwingi on Friday the 27th of June for a Divine Service.
Showers of blessing came upon the barren lands of Mwingi, as they received a Chief Apostle for the very first time. There was hardly any space as the over 7000 sitter tent overflowed well beyond its capacity as 8,838 brothers and sisters came expecting a special blessing. The melodious choir ushered in the holy spirit with their heavenly voices, their angelic voices lifted our spirits and prepared us for the word of God.
The brothers and sisters of Nairobi were eager for a special blessing from the Chief Apostle, consequently they prepared for two days of activities that turned out to be a festival of faith. It began on Saturday, 28 June, with a Festive Concert at the South C congregation. The concert was truly an East African Affair; male, female and children’s choirs came from Uganda and Tanzania to join the Kenyan team.
The Thika super highway was paved with excitement on Sunday 29th June, as bus loads emptied into the Kasarani Indoor Stadium. The special divine service was broadcasted to the greater East Africa by Kenya Broadcasting corporation. The large crowd of 4,316 that was in attendance, got to experience a special moments during the sermon as well as the retirement of one minister and the ordination of eight new ministers. Apostle Francis Kamunyu went into his well deserved retirement after serving 30 years, 23 years as an apostle. Bishops David Kilonzo Mwaniki and James Kweta Mutinda from Kenya and Bishop Anyemike Bukuku Igonda from Tanzania were ordained as Apostles. Tanzanian district elder, Abraham Wilson Saunyama together with their Kenyan counterparts, Eric Mbithi Maling’a, Joel Nyaga Karunga were ordained as Bishops. District Evangelist Zacharia Onyango Okombo and Joseph Oyier Owino from Kenya were also ordained as Bishops.
The visit of the Chief Apostle was truly a memorable experience for all those who had the privilege of experiencing it.