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Church programs remain as scheduled — Kajiado pastor

Redemption pastor says believers should choose faith over fear, and confidence in God over uncertainties and anxieties of the world

By Our Reporter

A Kajiado pastor has urged his followers to attend routine church services, amid government calls for the public to avoid public gatherings, as the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic intensify.

Redemption Bible Church Senior Pastor Philip Topisia, through a press release, says the church has a huge responsibility of ministering hope and faith at these “strange times”. He said: “Our services and midweek programs shall remain as scheduled”.

He argued that in the same manner other essential service providers — namely hospitals and police stations — are open round the clock, so “the church should [also] not close its doors to the believers”.

The government had earlier on; suspended learning in all education institutions, and closed all urban open-air markets, and night clubs and bars.

However, hospitals and malls are allowed to continue with their business, but are to provide soap, water and hand sanitizers, and ensure that all their premises are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

He however stated that the church, with a population of about 400 congregants, will abide by the health and safety guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization in curtailing the spread of the COVID-19.

“We will maintain high levels of hygiene standards by providing hands sanitizers, clean running water and soap in all services”.

Also, to reduce congestion in light of the recommend social distance, he said, “we have rescheduled our Sunday service as follows; first service 8:45 – 10:15am and second service 10:30 – 12:00 noon”.

He further urged his congregation to; choose faith over fear, and to put their trust and confidence only in God — and not in the uncertainties and anxieties of the world.

He added that the ongoing pandemic is enough lesson to the world that science in itself is limited and only God sustain us.

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