Story by Ken Allan
Pictures by Joseph Odhiambo
Just 14 days after the birth of two sectors in Kisumu City church, the first competition between the East and West sectors went down on Sunday, 11th November 2018.
The Church Service began at 9.30am with very powerful singing led by the choir.
Peter Galia then prepared the hearts of the congregation for the Lord’s Supper, reading from 1 Timothy 4:6-8.
There was a presentation from the pre-teens after the Communion message.
The main message, ‘Being Grateful to God’ was delivered by Evangelist Paul Nthei.
Out of the ten lepers, only one (a Samaritan) remembered to come back to thank Jesus for the healing (Luke 17:11-19).
He also read from 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, reminding the congregation that we only reap what we sow, and that no one should be forced to give because giving is a way of showing gratitude to God.
A song from the Kingdom Kids marked the end of the service.
Together with friends and visitors, the two teams made their way to Migosi Primary school football pitch at 1pm after the service and lunch break.
The Program was opened with a prayer and the crowd was taken through warm up and aerobics.
The East Sector wore blue shirts; the West were geared in white jerseys.
Kingdom Kids started the competition by racing in age groups in the 50 meters sprint.
Racing in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays, the sisters’ ran before the brothers’ also competed in the same categories. Other field events were bat spinning, volleyball and football.
East sector seemed well organized for the volleyball, beating West sector two sets to nil. Playing 25 minutes each half, both teams looked stronger at the beginning of the soccer match. West sector conceded the first goal which was quickly followed by a second. The match ended 2-0 in favour of the East sector. An eating competition crowned it all.
After all the games, the results were announced by Denis Adede, who together with Jabali Nthei were the commentators of the day. Kate Oriyo was in charge of awarding the marks. The East sector scored a total of 72 points, beating the West sector who garnered 62 pmoment.
Apart from the competition, it was a good time of bonding, sharing in love and strengthening our unity.
“I had a good time and I hope next time we will start early and play many more games like basketball. I am looking forward to the next one,” recorded Peter Galia.
“Apart from enjoying ourselves, such activities also expose our character. Some of us are exposed and we can see where we and others need some help!” Observed Fred Okech.
“I was not feeling well but I really enjoyed seeing people, including our kids having a good time. I cheered from the stands. I must say, this is the best Olympics Kisumu has ever had,” recalled Ruth Alala.
“The West sector looked better and stronger and they were very well organized, something that we (East sector) would like to copy next time. And for a good time our hearts were beating. But at the end of it all, God lifted the humble.” Women ministry leader, Betty Nthei stated on a light note.
“It was the best ever Olympics Kisumu Church has experienced with highest disciples attendance. We praise God for such unifying moment. East Sector carried the day and it was worthy of celebrations. It brought great joy to all,” said Evangelist Paul Nthei shortly before David Soita closed with a word of prayer at 5pm.