Street Church Honoured in Kenya
Archbishop Presents Controversial Street Preacher With Honorary Ordination for His Humanitarian Work in Africa
Archbishop Dr. Gerry Kibarabara, the secretary general of United Christian Churches of Kenya's Supreme Council, recently hosted Calgary street preacher Artur Pawlowski on an African crusade where he got to see first hand and for the first time the impact that his ministry's founding and supporting role of an African orphanage, school, medical clinic, church and evangelistic street ministry has had on Africans. Pawlowski was received openly and was encouraged to find out that the African Archbishop was aware of the constitutional battles for religious freedom in Canada that Artur and his ministry have been fighting.
As a man who was actively involved in the fight for freedom and independence in the Kenyan Mau Mau Uprising between 1952 and 1960, and one who himself has stood for Christian beliefs in the political and business community in Africa, Archbishop Kibarabara really appreciated Pawlowski's commitment to stand for freedom and democracy. Due to Pawlowski's influence for the Christian community in Kenya and abroad the Archbishop presented Calgary's street preacher with an honorary Kenyan ordination.
"I am greatly honoured and humbled by this ordination and amazed at how far reaching our little contribution has been to the population of Kenya. It's strange to me how in both Europe and Africa we are embraced and appreciated for our commitment and resilience in fighting for what is good, but in Canada, we meet with resistance and opposition from the very people we are fighting for. It reminds me of the words of Jesus, where He stated that 'the prophet has no honour in his own country'," stated Pawlowski.
Artur Pawlowski is presently working on putting together a chicken farm for various feeding programs in the capital city of Nairobi and is raising funds for deep water drills in an effort to bring fresh drinking water to various communities throughout Kenya.
The rest of the team that was in Kenya with Pawlowski were presented with "Certificate of Appreciation" for their participation in assisting Kenyans with humanitarian work.
"I believe in investing in people's lives wherever they may be. It's a great honour to be able to help people in need, especially in Africa. I was so impressed at how far the dollar goes there. They are doing so much with so little. We really could learn quite a bit from them," said Pawlowski.
For those interested in lending support to Street Church in their effort to purchase and run a chicken farm for a Kenyan food program and to purchase and operate a deep water drill to provide fresh water to many Kenyan communities, please contact Artur Pawlowski of Street Church Ministries at 403-607-4434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kibarabara is well known in Kenya and is often called upon by government officials there to do swearing-in ceremonies and say prayers at the beginnings of meetings. His opinion is sought and respected by those in power. But he came from a much more humble beginning. Kibarabara said he was, literally, born in a forest after his mother went to gather firewood. She gave birth deep in the forest and was surrounded by "leopards, monkeys - all kinds of animals," as Kibarabara put it. She believed the gods of Mt. Kenya she worshipped had forsaken her and called out that if there be a mightier god, he should save her and her child. Kibarabara said it was a miracle the two made it out of the woods - and a sign that his life would one day have meaning. He would have to wait for a while, though, before he found his true calling. Kibarabara was raised from birth to be a warrior and help gain Kenya's independence from Britain. He said he was trained to be a hardened warrior, to fight without emotion. "I was told to never cry," he said. "For about 10 years, I was a very dangerous, bad man. "For some reason, he was afforded the opportunity to attend to school where he began to think for himself and realized there must be another life for him. A teacher at the school knew this of him and suggested he get to know Jesus Christ. He did. "I applied the same principles of toughness and seriousness to my (pursuit of learning about) Christianity," he said. "I was always taught to take seriously anything I did. "He is now one of the most respected religious men in Kenya. He has founded almost 200 Christian churches in Kenya, he is the founder and president of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship of Africa, he is the secretary general of United Christian Churches of Kenya's Supreme Council, he is president of the Africa Relief Society, he has hosted a television and radio Good News program and is the senior elder/trustee of the Kenyan Peace and Reconciliation Committee. Kibarabara has preached and lectured in 85 countries. "I believe in a wonderful God and take Jesus at his word," he said. "It has become my whole life. "He and his friend, Port, who recently became director of the newly founded Berean Bible College at World Harvest, invite the public to come hear Kibarabara's message of hope for the world, including war-torn Kenya, which is currently in a state of upheaval following some discontent over an election. "People are living in stadiums - wherever they can - because so many have lost their homes," he said. "I have seen it all, both evil and good. "Kibarabara said he would address the issues in Kenya in his message this weekend as well as tell his own story.