Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12 verse 2a)
This Fifth Session of Synod of our Diocese comes at a time of great controversy in the AnglicanCommunion. While we need to concentrate on the issues of the Diocese of Thika, we also needto know that we are one organ of a whole body brought together to form a Communion. Whenone part of the body aches, then the whole body remains in pain and the functions of the bodyremains impaired. The Primates meeting held in Tanzania in the second week of February thisyear showed how much the body has been bruised and the need for fervent prayers by all of us.Our theme in the Fifth Session of Synod is transformation. From a pure evangelical point of view, the term transformation refers to changing from one state of life to another, from being faraway from God to being brought near to Him. In other words, a person becomes a new creation.We enhance evangelism through all the departments in the Board of Mission: Mothers' Union,Kenya Anglican Men Association, Kenya Anglican Youth Organization, Church Lads and Girls'Brigade, Sunday School and Mission and Evangelism. All these give evangelism the firstpriority.In a more broad sense, the term transformation refers to changing the whole human way of life.This more recent concept has been the central theme of the Anglican evangelical theologians.Majority of us has grown up in societies where the gospel has penetrated but our people haveremained poor, marginalized and dehumanized through hostile social and economicenvironments. One of my theological mentors Dr. Vinay Samuel of India writes:"Transformation is to enable God's vision of society to be actualized in all relationships, social,economic and spiritual, so that God's will may be reflected in human society and his love beexperienced by all communities, especially the poor."Our starting point in Mission is obedience to the Great Commission in Matthew 28: 19-20. Thishas been the focus of mission in Africa and is a prerequisite for church growth everywhere.Since the inception of our Diocese, we have observed an upward rise in Sunday Serviceattendance. The second concern is to ensure proper shepherding and pastoral care to discouragechurch-dropouts. Our other dimension of mission is well explained in this document.Our Diocese in conjunction with Five Talents International has taken a leading position inMicrofinance development in the Anglican Church of Kenya. Our communities in the drierareas of the Diocese have started micro-farming concentrating on horticultural products andpassion fruits through Planting Faith Ministry, a vision of Horace Tipton, one of our AmericanMissionaries. The Diocese through Christian Community Services (CCS) Mount Kenya Regionhas reached out to those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS, and is caring for 250 households inMang'u Archdeaconry. We continue to care for orphans in our orphanage (Namrata Shah) andwe are improving the facilities in the home through the assistance of Dr. Frank and KayDibianica from St. Peter's Anglican Church in Memphis, Tennessee.This year we started the Institute of Leadership, Counseling and Congregational Development toassist in empowering all the organs of the Diocese in establishing their roles in our corporatemission.