Church, political leaders in Nakuru send messages of hope in 2022


Worshippers pray at Talents Revival Church in Elburgon, Nakuru County, after ushering in the New Year.

Photo credit: John Njoroge | Nation Media Group

Messages of peace dominated speeches by religious and political leaders as Kenya welcomed the New Year 2022.

Apostle John Kimani William, who led a service at Kingdom Seekers Church in Nakuru City, urged Kenyans to maintain peace.

"As we usher in the New Year, I pray to the Lord to bless you and keep you and give you peace," said Apostle Kimani.

Nakuru First Lady Elizabeth Kinyanjui said 2021 was a year marked with confusion and anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic but 2022 will be a year of hope.

"As we enter into 2022, we're hopeful that indeed there are better days to come," she said.  

Impossible situations

Bishop Shadrach Oloo of Agape Church Kenya said: "The ushering in of a new year can carry with it memories of impossible situations from the past, this can make someone feel that nothing will change. Nothing is impossible with God. He will do it for you in this new year," said Bishop Oloo.

Bishop Mark Kariuki of Deliverance Church said the Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of Kenyans and many others across the world.

"The pandemic has discouraged many people. Many people have lost their jobs, investments while others lost their relatives, this has discouraged many," said Bishop Kariuki.

He added: "In 2022, the situation will change for the better. Our businesses will be revived. The failures of 2021 will not be manifested in 2022 as it is a year with new opportunities."

Forthcoming elections

Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru said: "I pray that God protects Kenya in 2022 during the forthcoming elections and after the polls."

Politician Koigi Wa Wamwere said the year 2022 should be dedicated to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I believe the pandemic should be the number one concern of every leader in Kenya. Fighting Covid-19 should be the number one topic in every meeting in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly disease," said Mr Wamwere.

In Elburgon, thousands of faithful thronged various churches to usher in the New Year.


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