The founder of K.A.C.C. church in Marietta, Georgia, the steadfast Pastor Dr.G.G. Gitahi, was today 1st September 2019, installed as a Bishop in one of the most colorful and well attended ceremony ever witnessed at the leading Kenyan Church in recent years.
Kenyans from all over America, and the faithful church members, congregated at K.A.C.C. Church in Marietta, a day before labor day, to witness the Induction, ordaining of pastors, and elders and most important, to witness the elevation of their Pastor to a Bishop.
The church service started just like any other normal Sunday with Pastor G.G. praying for those in grief and others in hospital and wished them quick recovery.
The sermon main sermon was led by Rev. Dr. Scott Weiner an American ministering in Kenya who was introduced as more Kenyan than an American and he had a lot of praise for the Kenyan church. He talked about “leadership challenge” while quoting Ephesians 3 where Apostle Paul, describes leadership that come through challenges we face in life.
Elders from various districts were also recognized and those that will serve the Church were as follows: Jeremiah Thuku and Teresa Karanja from Acworth, Philip Gitura Smryna, Alice Kigaa Dallas, John Tiria and Jane Mwai, Gwinett Metro, Cartersville Irene Mwema and Titus Ndiguithia who was made an elder and an Apostle at the same time. They were initiated into the church elders category while dressed in a white symbolic apron just like a server does, but this time in a Christian Ministry.
The climax of the ceremony was the moment Pastor G.G. was handed the ceremonial Bishop good shepherd staff, by Dr. Mwaniki. The staff symbolize and signifies the Bishop as a shepherd to lead his flock, to nurture the spiritually weak; spiritually lazy, the lost, and those with little faith and draw them back just like a shepherd guards his sheep from being attacked by animals.
The moment of reckoning coordinated by soothing made to the occasion spiritual music, occurred when the Bishop robe was revealed, and as the pastors wife Rahab Gitonga wrapped the colorful new ecclesiastical ultra-montane yellow robe around pastor G.G., the congregation was motionless while gazing in delight and amazement as they witnessed the historic church ecclesiological hierarchy ordination of one of their own coming to reality.
K.A.C.C. finally and historically had a Bishop who without hesitation majestically held the colorful symbolic staff presented to him by Dr. Mwaniki the church mentor. A delightful, emotional, electrifying moment, and a biblical Moses kind of atmosphere, (that surprisingly fell short of ululations),… momentarily engulfed the whole congregation while taking some faithfuls back to biblical years when Moses, took a similar staff in readiness to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt to the promised land.
Sure like stated but in a Kenyan church, Bishop G.G. later continued in his capacity as Bishop to expound on how the K.A.C.C. church will continue to grow spiritually and introduced dedicated men and women who will assist the church in that respect.
They were Rev. Dr. Gedion Robi who will assist as a Minister in charge of Mission.
Rev. Dr. Jane Kagia a clinical chaplain to help the church in Chaplaincy.
Rev. Dr. Jack Kariuki a Psychotherapist and a respected leader who will assist in church community participation required to strengthen the church.
Rev Margaret Karanja described as a strong woman of God who will administer the Ministry of Women.
Dr. Mwaniki a great Servant of God in his 70’s and aging gracefully will be the mentor to guide the team at K.A.C.C.
Many people were also inducted into the service of congregation as servants of God and given an apron as a symbol to serve the church followers.
Apostles inducted to preach the word of God and who were described as devoted men and women of God, fired up and ready to serve, were…, Elder John Nkaambi, Elder Martin Mugweru, Elder Nyambura Thumbi and Titus Ndiguithia.
The church also ordained Pastors to serve the church and the first to be introduced was somehow special to Bishop G.G. as she was no other than his faithful wife Rahab Gitonga who proceeded to the vestry while accompanied by her son Michael and daughter Cathy. Pastor Rahab will fit quite well in Christian Education, a ministry she quite understand.
The next was Naomi Karanja(Wakangethe) of the “Muhotoro” spiritual song fame to expound the ministry of Evangelism and outreach.
Bishop G.G. praised her for her unique preaching that no one can match as she has her own special way to emotionally entice the congregation spiritually while at times even speaking in “toungues“.
The last one to be inducted was Simon Nderi of the youth Ministry who precisely fits there as he clearly understand the youth more than anyone else.
The whole story of the unique ceremony can only be better narrated by those that attended for after the service, all were treated to a feast of 12 goats, sampling all the traditional delicacies you can think of and on top of it all, they had the opportunity to listen to the vision of the newly ordained pastors.
We in Kenyan parents in USA, members, followers and admirers, wish this church of God a fruitful mission as they continue to harvest new members while spiritually enriching the many that attend the Kenyan church with a defined mission of spreading the word of God.
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood”
We fail because we do not try!
D. K GITAU
KENYAN PARENTS IN USA
Board Member Central Organization for Diaspora Unity(CODU)
REV. Wambui had this to comment
Mr. Dee this is an Excellent Report.
Congratulations are in order to Bishop Dr. G.G. Gitahi 🎈🎈The
KACC Congregation and all the Newly Ordained Pastors and Elders for the work of
the ministry. Wacha inchili iende mbele. May the preaching of the gospel
continue with one and with all who are willing, available, faithful and useable.
I liked reading the following excerpt:
“The climax of the ceremony was the moment Pastor G.G. was handed the ceremonial Bishop staff, by Dr. Mwaniki. The staff symbolize and signifies the Bishop as a shepherd to lead his flock, *to nurture the spiritually weak; spiritually lazy, the lost, and those with little faith and draw them back just like a shepherd guards his sheep from being attacked by animals.”*
It took me way back when animals used to come to the village,and attack goats and sheep, bit the pigs were so loud,not even one was ever attacked. That’s just my humor.