Monthly Archives: March 2014

Double Impact Worship in ST. Louis this Weekend.

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Young and Great preacher pastor Evans Kariuki, son to Bishop Wanjiru and the author of FIRE BRAND- A superanatural Experience with God

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:4-8

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Landmark of Legends’ follows new bridge Timeline

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ST. LOUIS – Building up from the Mississippi River to its peaks, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge has taken hundreds of workers, millions of dollars and four years of construction before opening in February.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge spans the mighty Mississippi River, just north of downtown St. Louis. It’s the city’s first new bridge built over the river in 50 years.

KSDK photographer Jim Tuxbury documented the great and tragic moments that came to pass, which aired in the documentary, Landmark of Legends, Thursday evening.

Tuxbury introduced viewers to the men who helped create the third largest cable-stayed bridge in the country. He also showcased how before a piece of concrete could be set, an archaeological dig and construction on the river’s bed floor had to be done.

St. Louis has a long history of bridges, including the almost 200-year-old Eads Bridge that connects Missouri and Illinois. When a bridge of this magnitude gets constructed, all of its connecting pieces have to get there somehow. Also find out how some of the work for the bridge happens miles away.

Source:ksdk

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Kibaki reminded us of a time when politics was about changing lives

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Wherever he spends his time these days, Mwai Kibaki must enjoy catching up on the newspapers every morning.

Hardly a day passes without someone demanding that his successors should take lessons from his time in office.

This is especially true when it comes to the issue of managing the economy. Uhuru and Ruto, various commentators insist, should steer the nation’s financial ship much as Kibaki did.

They should take some lessons in Kibakinomics, to borrow columnist Jaindi Kisero’s phrase.

The mixed appraisals of Kibaki’s time in office penned immediately after he left State House have given way to much more glowing ones.

Yet this is not just about one man’s legacy. Kibaki certainly moved the nation from one level to another during his presidency.

Economic growth figures tend to be an arid measure of changes in life because of the controversy they attract about who gains from the growth.

But other numbers show what an impact better governance can have on people’s lives.

Between 2002 and 2011, the average life expectancy in Kenya rose from 51.97 to 57.08.

Infant mortality — the number of children that die before their first birthday — fell by 7.6 per cent every year between 2003 and 2008, the highest rate in the world, prompting the World Bank to commission a report titled: “What has driven the decline of infant mortality in Kenya?”

Basically, while 47 of the 1,000 children born in 2003 did not live to see their first birthday, by 2008 that number had fallen to 22 of every 1,000 live births.

Mr Kibaki miserably failed to unite the country. He was a mediocre politician, and the sense of ethnic exclusion fostered during his first few years in office is the main reason he is not universally loved.

On the economic front, he was a considerable success, and the huge middle class which has made Kenya one of the main places major multinationals want to set up shop on the continent is his legacy.

It is noteworthy, though, that politicians of Mr Kibaki’s stature are written about in the past tense. They are becoming extinct.

CLEAR-MINDED POLITICIANS

In Mr Kibaki’s first few months the Treasury was run by veterans who helped shape policy in the 1960s — David Mwiraria and Harris Mule — who reported to Mr Kibaki, himself a former minister for finance.

They just did the basic things — like cutting borrowing from commercial banks — which drove down interest rates and forced banks to run after Wanjiku, offering her loans.

Similarly decisive and clear-minded politicians are nowhere to be seen these days. It is not just about Uhuru and Ruto. At the presidential debate last year, where were the new titans to match the members of Kenya’s first Cabinet; the Kenyattas, Mboyas, Gichurus, Murumbis and Onekos?

In understanding why so many people are disillusioned by Kenyan politics, we should look not just at individuals but at the whole system. In the 1960s, all the people in society who were considered the best and brightest were expected to go into politics.

There was an element of idealism. They saw a great nation-building project ahead of them.

You didn’t need money to get elected. In the 1970s and 80s, so I hear, rival candidates for MP would hold joint rallies and debate their ideas before the crowd.

Whoever presented a better plan generally carried the day. Ethnicity was a factor but not the overwhelming one it has become today.

Kamukunji was a predominantly Kikuyu constituency, but Mboya would win his seat with ease. Imagine that happening today.

These days, most of society seems to have internalised the view that politics is a dirty game.

The brightest and most talented steer clear of politics while voters fuel this situation by viewing their MPs as walking cash dispensers and treating them as objects of hate even when they have just been elected. “They are all thieves” is the typical view, which can’t be a great recruitment strategy for a new kind of politics.

Kibaki is regarded fondly these days not just because of his legacy but because of a yearning for a time long gone when politics was about improving lives.

How to return to that golden age is the great mystery.

Source: Nation

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Kenya Embassy in Washington, DC to Start Issuing National Identity Cards (IDs)

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The Kenya Embassy in Washington, DC will startaccepting applications for Kenya National Identity Cards (IDs) from Kenyans resident in the United States of America beginning on Thursday March 27th, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. With March 27th being the first day of this activity, only a limited number of applications will be processed.

Applications for National ID’s will be accepted ONLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:30 am – 4:00 pm). Each applicant has to appear in person with a dully filled REG.136D form. The processing of ID’s will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the date of application.

Interested applicants are requested to send an RSVP to rsvp@kenyaembassy.comby Tuesday 25th March, 2014. Confirmation emails will be sent out and applicants will be required to print and present them on arrival at the Embassy.

Requirements for application and other details can be found at the Embassy’s website: http://www.kenyaembassy.com/id.html.

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Kenyan Singers Moipei Quartet Win Over US With Angelic Voices

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The weather is chilly, but the traffic is moving. From Hyatt Hotel in O’Hare in Chicago, the Moipei Quartet has set off in a van for a scheduled performance andtraining workshop with members of the Park Manor Christian Church in Chicago East 600 at the junction of 73rd Street.

The neighbourhood has been hit with gang crimes and the closure of over 51 schools by the Chicago Mayor ram Manuel has not made things any better.

So, the Gospel powered group has their fate in the hands of the Lord. By 6.45pm, the truck chauffeured by the African American maestro Dr Fred Onovwerosuoke is negotiating a corner off Martin Luther King Jnr Drive and in minutes pulls on the edge of the Church.

Earlier, the members had been arriving in droves to have a personal experience of this group that had taken US cities by storm in the past three weeks.

 

 

And when it was time to hit those angelic notes the quartet members of Mary, Magdalene, Marta and Seraphine did not disappoint.

They sang Kokoliko, asong in Luhya about Jesus being denied by his erstwhile Apostle Peter three times before a cock crowed.

The crowd gave a standing ovation but demanded to be taught by the girls.

So, a short session for the crowd to get the refrain was hatched with the girls apportioning themselves into four voices of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. When they we done they repeated the song but with the whole church joining in the chorus to a huge harmonic effect.

“We shall now sing for you our own arrangement of Swing Low,” announced Mary the eldest of the four.

Then they belted out those lyrics sang by generations after generations years ago when it was composed by the venerable Wallis Willis of Oklahoma in 1862.

Such a blessing

The difference today is that it is a fresh arrangement of the Moipei’s inspired by the waters of Mara River in Masai Mara.

“A band of Angels coming after me, coming for to carry me home,” so they sang as now a moved crowd joined in rhythmic tapping and clapping.

But when they sang Steal Away by the same author, tears rolled over the cheeks of the now adoring crowd as they swayed and moved to the beats of this solemn songhad lyrics that referred to the Underground Railroad — the resistance movement that helped slaves escape from the South to the North and Canada.

“They have touched me to the core and in a very special way,” said one middle-aged worshiper after the show.

The Executive Director of Trinity United Church of Christ choir who was present said the Kenyan girls have shown another side of Kenya that is not frequently reported in the US press.

“They are so talented and their music is of such a high quality. I can’t have enough of them,” said Bryan Johnson who ministers at the church where US President Barack Obama wedded Michelle and worshiped for years before moving to Washington DC as President.

The previous Sunday they had performed at the Trinity Church to a 7,000-strong audience to a resounding reception.

“You are such a blessing to this church. Your songs have breathed new life in us and we thank you,” said the Rev Pastor Otis Moss during the service that also saw a group from Namibia render a folk thanksgiving number.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Dr Fred Onovwerosuoke the man behind the Moipei US travel and director of the Africa Musical Arts based in St Louis, Missouri.

“The discipline and sheer acumen in these girls is a real spectacle and we would like them to visit every city in the US.”

The Moipei Quartet had a successful tour of the US performing in Dallas, St Antonio, St Louis, Arkansas, Chicago, New York, and Memphis.

In Dallas a special show was held for Kenyans living there and classical Kenyan titles including Malaika by Fadhili Williams, Musa by Daudi Kabaka, Kokoliko and Niwara Nono rented the air to the delight of many who turned in large numbers.

At University of Missouri St Louis Touhill Performing Arts Centre they serenaded with My land is Kenya, Safari Ya Mbamba, and their flagship Ashe Naleng’.

Dr Wendy Hymes, the director of Fowler Centre at Arkansas State University was mighty impressed with the Kenyan songbirds.

She observed that rarely do they see such pedigree gigs from Kenya.

“The girls have performed beyond our expectations. They are such a delight. The quality in their voices speaks of immense talent and the Moipei Quartet hasregistered such a lasting impact in our hearts,” she said.

The girls after performing to the university students and community at Arkansas went for auditions that are required as a step towards admission for a degreecourse at the university.

In the company of their father and director Nicholas Moipei and mother Christine, the group paid homage to Elvis Presley when they visited his tomb in Memphis.

“It was such a breathtaking moment to finally be in the presence and home of such an icon of music of all time,” said Seraphine who is the last-born and sister of triplets of Mary, Magdalene and Marta.

They wrapped up their visit with an appearance on 9AM Live with Tim Ezell on KTVI Fox channel singing a medley of three numbers including Jericho.

Last Tuesday the group returned safely aboard Air Brussels after their flight was postponed following massive Arctic Storm that has swept central and Eastern cities in the US.

– The Standard

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