The Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) Church in Migori county has celebrated Bishop Dr. John Okinda on his appointment as the new Vice Chairperson of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).
The Chief Guest Speaker Mrs. Ida Odinga who spoke at Bishop Okinda residence in Ragana village Suna West Sub County Friday, congratulated the cleric for the milestone he had achieved and for making Migori County proud.
Ida acknowledged that good servant leadership was one of the reasons that propelled Bishop Okinda to be elected as the new Vice Chair of NCCK.
She asked the NCCK leadership to always pray for the vice chair to ensure that God’s favour is upon him to be able to steer the NCCK forward.
Ida however asked the churches to be duly registered so that sanity can be restored in the country. “Let the churches operate within the rules and regulations that they were registered on,” she said.
The spouse to the former premier Raila Odinga also called upon churches to always have proper trained clerics to ensure that they nourish the congregation spiritually for the betterment of the Kenyan Society.
Ida also urged the churches to promote family values and integrity to ensure continuity, adding that the church plays a huge role in ensuring that family values withstand the test of time.
The newly elected Vice Chair who was elected recently by the NCCK delegates during the 64th General NCCK Assembly in Nairobi, acknowledged that it was God’s mercy and favour that enabled him to clinch the position.
Bishop Okinda said that indeed God works in mysterious ways and promised to work diligently in his new role.
He assured the Kenyan people that he will always be a servant leader to ensure that they are well represented. The bishop thanked the NCCK delegates for exercising their NCCK constitutional mandate.
“I am truly honored and privileged to serve in this position. I will do it with utmost humility. I promise to be a voice for all Kenyans and will always champion peace and unity as the country prepares for the 2022 general election,” he said.
The Bishop said that with his wealth of knowledge and experience on church matters he was up to the task to ensure that he delivers on what his new office requires.
He noted that his biggest task will be on the Agenda of transforming the Kenyan youth who are the biggest percentage of our population, adding that NCCK will soon launch a youth conference to talk about the problems affecting our youth.
The General Secretary for NCCK Rev. Canon Chris Kinyanjui wished him all the best in his new role, while ensuring that equity prevails for all Kenyans.
The celebration was also attended by Nyamira Deputy Governor Dr. James Gesame, Migori County Commissioner Meru Mwangi, Migori Women Representative Dr. Pamela Adhiambo and area Senator Achilo Ayako.