Thousands of gospel ministers from all the 47 counties of Kenya on March 28 gathered at Nairobi’s Kasarani Gymnasium for a two-day prayer conference.
The conference, dubbed Refreshing the Shepherd, is the brainchild of Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel. Speaking at the function, Rachel encouraged those in attendance not to cease praying for the government, churches and families.
“I really respect you servants of God because if not for your prayers, this nation would not be where it is today. You have sustained it through prayers amidst upheavals. Some of you spend days praying and fasting on the mountain for the land, neglecting even your own needs and comfort. For this, may God reward you,” she said.
Ruto, who also in attendance, urged gospel ministers to stand firm for Christ, saying no one can serve God and fail to get a reward.
“You know I was once an evangelist spreading the good news of Christ everywhere before I joined politics. I believe that once what I’m doing is over, I will revert to my spiritual calling of spreading the gospel,” he said to a thunderous applause.
This is the second time the event is being held. Last year’s event took place from March 15-16 at the same venue, with about 6000 church leaders in attendance.
In the run-up to the 2017 General Election, Rachel, accompanied by several church leaders, crisscrossed the country to pray for a free, fair, transparent and peaceful poll. It was part of her Tuombeni Kenya (Let’s Pray for Kenya) initiative.
Rachel, who openly confesses her faith in Christ, is known to always seek divine intervention, with several images of her kneeling down deep in prayer sometimes appearing in the mainstream media. She stood with her husband in prayer during his crime against humanity case at the International Criminal Court between 2012 and 2016.
At one time during the prayer movement, she asked Kenyans to forgive the Jubilee government for failing to meet some of their expectations.
She said acknowledging faults is one thing, but asking for forgiveness is a whole different thing. “As God’s servant and wife of William Ruto, I plead with you for forgiveness,” she said at a prayer rally in Nanyuki. Those who ministered at the March 28 conference included Evangelist Teresia Wairimu, Carter Conlon, Gary Wilkerson and Dr Nicky Cruz.