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The Government will partner with church organizations in implementing programmes aimed at transforming the lives of Kenyans, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Mr Ruto said the Government recognizes the critical role played by churches in the development of the country especially in the fields of education and health.

He also told Kenyans to be at the forefront in contributing to the development needs they require.

Speaking during the consecration ceremony of the General Superintendent of the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Bishop Philip Kitoto and the general office, held at Imara Daima, Nairobi, the Deputy President said transforming the country needed joint efforts from various partners.

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Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Embakasi South MP Musili Mawathe were also present.

“As Government, we are looking forward to working with the churches in the transformation of our nation. It is the responsibility of all of us to work together in transforming our country and not the work of politicians alone,” said Mr Ruto.

He added: “We are ready and willing to work as partners on issues of development.”

Mr Ruto asked religious organizations to take the lead in uniting the country by building bridges of friendship and brotherhood.

“As church leaders we should make sacrifices, build teams and bridges of friendship and brotherhood to facilitate unity and transformation of the country,” said Mr Ruto.

Mr Ruto, at the same time, urged the clergy to be at the forefront in ensuring all the Kenya’s ethnic communities had their Bibles translated into languages they well understand.

He said various organizations including the private sector will in December join hands in exploring ways of ensuring that the remaining 15 communities in the country that are yet to have Bibles translated into their respective dialects are assisted to do so.

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“I ask you to take the lead in helping those communities who are yet to get Bibles translated into their local dialect to do so. I have always believed that there is no greater joy than reading scriptures and telling a salvation story to a community in the language familiar to them,” said Mr Ruto.

He added: “Mandela once said ‘if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language it goes to his heart.”

Mr Musyoka asked the church to play a greater role in the fight against corruption, saying transformation of the country must begin with all Kenyans including Christians.

“As a church we must exercise our mandate in the transformation of the country. We should begin by transforming the church if we have to begin transforming the country,” said Mr Musyoka.

Bishop Kitoto thanked KAG Christians for giving him the opportunity to serve God in that capacity, saying he will work closely with church leadership in preaching the Gospel.

“It is time we invest in serving God. As Christians we should work together and help spread the Gospel,” said Bishop Kitoto.

 

 

 



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