REV Beth Ndegwa
Mission is not so much something we say but something we do. In Mathew 7:16, we are told,”by their fruits you will recognize them”. The fundamental characteristics of the mission and life of Christians is seen in James 2:14-25, which entreats us to be doers of the word .Faith without good deeds in useless. Mission therefore, is the way in which the church is sent out into the world to fulfill the great commission (Mathew 28:18-20).
Evangelism means to bring or to announce the good news .This entails dealing with very concrete needs of the people, hence evangelism is a process of concientization.It’s the liberation which lifts a person from a state of being inhuman to a state of being fully human, that is, holistic gospel according to John 10:10.Thus, evangelism is regarded as synonymous with the word mission but literary meaning preaching the gospel “and how shall they hear without a preacher? Yes, there must be a “preacher” The Missionary -and how shall thy preach except they are sent?”
In this regard Kirinyaga Diocese mission has always been a priority but operating under the Youth Department. In January 2016, mission became a department by itself whereby the Diocesan Bishop RT.REV JOSEPH KIBUCWA appointed full time Co-ordinator to run the department. In actual fact, the fundamental calling of the church is to evangelize and everything else is secondary.
VISION
  • A committed church which boldly proclaims the Gospel of Christ at Local churches, parishlevel, diocese and beyond.
MISSION                                                                         
  • To lead people throughout the diocese into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church, parish, diocese and beyond.
GOAL
  • Transforming the world so that the structure of injustices and oppression will be gotten rid of .This way, justice and righteous is established in the society. Luke 4:18-19
PURPOSE
  • To progressively reach the unreached with the Gospel of Christ hence perfecting human race and the Kingdom of God.
  • To enhance the understanding of biblical teaching of Christianity maturity.
 
CORE VALUES
  • Training and sending of missioners in and outside the diocese
  • We endeavor to make mission and evangelism more fruitful by making use of the available gifts
  • Enhance moral and spiritual uprightness
  • Encourage team work and hard work
Various branches of the department
  1. Diocesan Evangelistic Team (DET ):this was started by Dr.JosiahMurage on 5th March 2011 and commissioned by the retired Bishop Daniel M.Ngoru on 27th August 2011
  2. Diocesan Intercessory Ministry: started and officially launched by Bishop Joseph Kibucwa on 5th December 2014 .Intercessors meet once in a month ie every first Friday of the month.
  • Gospel Seraph Singers: started by the Bishop Joseph Kibucwa and launched on 6th August 2016.The branch plans to put up their Music Studio.
  1. Layreaders:Voluntary licensed lay people to work together with parish priests especially in preaching ,assisting in Holy Communion and burial services etc
They also have income generating projects.
  1. Evangelists: these are employed by the church to teach catechism and do any other duty given by the parish priest.
  2. South Ngariama-Diocesan Mission Area (DMA)
  • In 2019 Boda and Sports was also included in mission department.
Functions of the Mission and Evangelism Department
  1. Organizing Diocesan Evangelistic mission, rallies ,door to door evangelism, revival fellowships and ,mission conferences
  2. Holding prayer Keshas and conferences
  3. Organizing retreats and workshops for various committees in the department
  4. Proclamation of the Good News through (DET) Diocesan Evangelist Team.
  5. Establish and strengthen intercessory groups at congregational level.
  6. Strengthen and extend the ministry in prisons
  7. Planning to extend mission and intercessory partnership
  8. Planning to extend mission / intercessory programs for Pillar TV
Generally, the department ensures that mission and evangelism work is carried out effectively through visits by the co-ordinator in Archdeaconries, Deaneries and Parishes.
 
Departmental Progress: We have held various preaching, teaching, and intercessory forums. For instance in 2018, 2019 and 2020 as indicated here below.
Missions
  1. DET mission at Gathuthuma 6-12th Aug 2018 - 26 souls were won to Christ
  2. DET mission at Kiaragana in Karima-ini 16 souls won to Christ
  3. Diocesan mission team evangelizing Gatwe parish 6-12th Aug -34 souls were won to Christ
  4. Diocesan mission week 27th -2nd Dec 2018 where 105 newly saved Christians attended discipleship on 6th Dec at Kutus.
  5. DET mission held at Isiolo on 15th-22nd April 2019 where 18 DET members attended. Weappealed for food relief during this mission and many parishes gave willingly and in abundance. We really appreciate
  6. DET mission at Kaitheri parish 3-9TH Dec 2018 - 34 DET members attended.
  7. We have continued to sell mission items like T. Shirts, handkerchiefs, table cloths and car stickers which have the diocesan mission theme on them for the specific year.
  8. We also hold mission Celebration Day on the 1st Saturday of the month of June whereby we worship the Lord through prayers, preaching, singing and also collect funds to support the department.
 
Intercessory prayers
  1. Diocesan intercessory prayers which was launched by our Bishop on 5th Dec 2014 still going on every Friday of the month at St.PaulsKutus
  2. Pillar TV Intercessory program started on 2018 and going on from 5am -5.30am Monday to Friday and repeat at 10:00am to 10:30am
  3. Diocesan overnight prayers done as follows;
-13/4/2018 Ngiriambu Archdeaconry –Kiaumbui
-11/8/2018 Cathedral Archdeaconry –Cathedral
-14/12/2018 KabareArchdeaconry  –Kabare
-19/4/2019 KiandangaeArchdeaconry –Kibingoti.
Capacity building
  1. Diocesan layreaders conference at Kiine Girls 17-21st Dec 2018 where 316 delegates attended
  2. Intercessory conference from 26th-29th Dec 2018 at St.Mary’sKagio - 52 participants showed up where delegates sponsored themselves.
Workshops
  1. Evangelists workshop at St.Lukes church Wanguru on 28/6/2019 - 92 attended
  2. Mission –training and commissioning on 27th Nov 2018 at Kutus - 510 members attended and were commissioned.
  3. Discipleship workshop for the newly saved on 6th Dec 2018 where 105delegates attended.
  4. Evangelist workshop on 7th Nov 2018 by Revd Dr. Peter Walker
  5. Layreaders workshop on 14th March 2018 where 385 attended
  6. Mission workshop on 12thMay 2018 at Kutus 343 people attended
  7. Local church mission committee workshop on 9thMarch 2019 - 66 delegates attended at Kutus.
  8. Deanery and Archdeaconry Co-ordinator workshop on 14th March at Kutus where 17 Co-ordinators out of 27 attended
  9. Layreaders workshop on 22nd March 2019 where 262 lay readers attended
 
RETREAT
  • DET secretariat retreat at Nyangati from 18th-20th May 2018
  • Evangelist retreat at Holyland Kenya on 23/2/2018 - 90 people attended.
  • Intercessory committee prayer retreat at St.Mary’sKagio on 18/5/2018
  • Parish mission –chairperson retreat at Holy land Kenya on 8/3/2018
  • Parish mission chairpersons retreat at Shunem on 6th Feb 2019 - 54 parishes participated. The main objective was to teach them on mission by word and deeds
  • Evangelist retreat at Shunem on 28th Feb 2019 - 96 out of 112 attended .They were taught on homiletics.
 
SOUTH NGARIAMA
Itangi Parish
Construction of permanent churches in ACK Itangi, College,Munyaka and Rupinganzi ongoing
  1. They also participated in Diocesan mission week that was held on 27th Nov-2nd Dec 2018
Kadawa Parish
They have cemented Kadawa Church and they are planning to fence the church compound, construct a permanent gate and kitchen.
Gold Church
Drilling of borehole on going and they are also planning to fence the church compound and construct a permanent gate. Construction of Kitchen is going on.
Bethsaida Church
It is a new church which was planted September 2018.They have also planning a new church by the name Mutharaba and currently worshipping in a tent
 
IkulunguNgomano Parish
Miatuini church -they have constructed a permanent toilet.
Ikulungu church -have constructed a temporary office
Kirathimo church they have a mothers union kitchen
Ngomano church are paying loan to purchase a piece of land
In a nut shell South Ngariama has very profound mission team and active intercessory group at Kadawa Parish.
 
Partnership in Mission
Apart from acquiring pay bill for partnership in mission, we are now partners with African Evangelists Enterprise. Officials met with the Bishop on5th March and agreed to do mission work together. In this regard, we have started equipping and empowering missioners who have passion for mission to evangelize within and abroad. Thisprogram started from 2019, April to August, December ending in  April 2020.The equipped group will be commissioned in June 2020 during our mission celebration if Covid 19 will be over.We are grateful to report that through our Diocesan Bishop 4 Diocesan Missioners accompanied African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) on 27th June -7th July during Mombasa County Mission whereby over 20,000 souls were won to Christ was a great achievement.
 
Evangelism
We also work together withMachakos diocese and Marsabit where we sponsor a full time mission worker in each.
In 2nd June 2018, an evangelist from Marsabit attended in our Mission Celebration Day and other from Machakos attended our Mission Celebration Day on 8th June 2019.
 
In the year 2019, the following activities were implemented:
  • Teens missions workshop – in conjuction with Youth Department on 10 August 2019 at Kutus
  • Mission capacity building program on 16th Aug 2019 at Kutus
  • Diocesan prayer Kesha 23rd Aug at St.PaulsSagana
  • 8-13th Sep 2019 98 evangelists, the Co-ordinator Rev. Beth and the Diocesan Administrative Secretarytoured It was very educative, spiritual nourishment through bible studies, prayers and visiting various sites for instance Martyrs’ssite.
  • 20th-Sept 2019 intercessory prayer committee retreat at Karima parish
  • 22ndNov 2019 Diocesan mission committee visited South Ngariama (DMA) for fellowship with Christians from various parishes.
  • 2nd -6th Dec 2019 Diocesan mission conference was held at Good Samaritan Secondary School whereby 271 missioners attended and 42 souls won to Christ.
  • 13th Dec 2019 3rd session of mission capacity building was held at Kutus
  • 14th Dec end of year Diocesan prayer Kesha at Mutuma whereby DIP (Diocese in Prayer was born.
  • 16th-20thDec 2019 Diocesan intercessory conference was held at Thiba parish.
Achievements
  • In all the missions attended, souls were won to Christ. Among them 105 attended a discipleship class held on 6th Dec 2018 at Kutus
  • Intercessors are committedly praying without ceasing. This is through overnight prayers, every first Friday of the month and pillar TV prayers program.
  • One of our intercessor was employed as a care taker in Holy land Kenya hence any day you visit Holy land you will find someone to welcome you
  • Retreat conferences and workshops were very educative and spiritual nourishing whereby participants expressed their desires to continue learning
  • In order to fulfill the great commission mandate, the diocese is in partnership with African Evangelistic Enterprise for the first time.
  • Many parishes donated food relief to Isiolo.1 canter, abus , 2 pickups full of food staff and finance were received.
  • On 3rd January 2020 DIP ( Diocese in Prayer ) was launched by our Bishop during re-dedication service of Clergy, Evangelists, Layreaders, and all other Church Workers at St. Thomas Cathedral. On that day Bishop and the Mothers’ Union President Mrs Mary Karimi started the prayers then the Archdeaconaries followed suit each having its day of prayer throughout the week. Also over 500 Diocesan intercessors who usually meet once per month. They usually pray in DIP every day according their names as per the
  • In the year 2020 we managed to do the activities from January to Mid March. Due to the outbreak of Covid 19 we were not able to continue with the programme so as to observe the Government’s directive. However, despite the challenges of Corona Virus mission department remains relevant in that DIP ( Diocese in Prayers ) continues through the whatapps group whereby the Diocesan Co-ordinator, the Archdeaconary Co-ordinator and the Bishop communicates to the various Archdeaconaries and Intercessors on when, who and the prayer points.
  • The Pillar TV intercessory prayers still going on 5 days per week, whereby the Diocesan Co-ordinator makes all the arrangement on who to pray on air.
  • Due to the Covid 19 Christians are still been preached to through on-line by Bishop and various Clergy.
 
FUTURE PLANS
We are planning to evangelise through the media, continue to send missioners within and abroad. So as to fulfill the great commission. Continue holding educative forums to our missioners and especially discipleship forum. We also intending to buy a  mission truck to enable us go round preaching the gospel.
 
In conclusion we thank the Almighty God for the far he has taken us. He is calling us to reach many groups in the society by moving from maintenance  church to mission church whereby our focus is not on ourselves but on others. Our general objective is to fulfill the great commission Mathew 28:18-20

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