During the inauguration of John F Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States, he uttered one of the most famous lines in history, “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
Words that became synonymous with individual and societal initiatives by people world over to transform their communities.
Taking a leaf from that quote, a Kenyan pastor - Godfrey Migwi - of House of Hope church in Kayole, has taken matters into his own hands, to transform Nairobi’s Eastlands area.
Tired of the poor state of the roads in the area, Migwi hired a grader and hit the road running by levelling sections that had hampered movement in the locality.
“Making our Home area a better place bila CDF ama msaada wa serikali for the glory of God, msaada wangu watoka kwa Yesu. You can use what you've to make your neighbours happy. Change starts with you. One step at a time. You can't lead people with a greedy heart,” posted Migwi.
He added that he was called to serve not only through spiritual nourishment for his flock but also to bring development closer to them with the little he has.
“Actions speaks loudest, help me God to serve your people in the Church, community my Muranga county and Kenya my motherland. Nilikuja bila ,nitaenda bila so help me God.”
According to the Nairobian, Migwi started preaching in Kariobangi more than 20 years before moving to Kayole.
He won the 2014 Mwafaka Award for best singer in Central Kenya and runs what is billed to be the biggest church in Kayole.
The pastor’s office has two flags, a Kenyan and Israeli, a government logo and his own huge portrait.
“This is like the president’s or government office because anytime, a leader can visit me here. Once in a while, thugs surrender their guns here that I surrender to the police because they (thugs) see it as a government office,” he told the paper.
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