Rev. Jonah Lagat (right), previous General Secretary of the RCEA, and the new General Secretary, Rev. Dr Luka Ariko outside their synod office

Rev. Jonah Lagat, the previous General Secretary of our sister church in Kenya, the Reformed Church in East Africa (RCEA), is still a good friend of us here at Witness Ministry. We met at a Reformed Family Forum ( meeting a few years ago and since then we meet every year at our AGM, strengthening our ecumenical relationship.

The RCEA was established in 1944 when the DRC of South Africa started to do missionary work in Eldoret, Kenya. They became independent in 1963 and currently has more than 200 congregations and 30 000 members. It also has more than 110 000 followers.

Thanks to institutions like Witness Ministry we still maintain good relations with the church there, and through NetACT we also have close contact with their theological school in Eldoret.

This week Rev. Lagat informed us about three matters in Kenya:

  • They are still fine and keep up the continuous struggle against the spreading of COVID-19. Kenya’s confirmed cases continue to increase, and therefor, as here, no more church gatherings are permitted. Up-country travel from Nairobi has been suspended by their government but luckily most people are aware of the disease and take precautions.
  • He sent us a very interesting video demonstrating how people make use of local available resources to wash their hands (
  • Kenya had a lot of rain recently, which is quite normal, but heavy rains has caused enormous destruction in their region – a whole village has been swept away; eight people died and some are still missing.

Let us pray for the RCEA; to stand firm and strong in Jesus Christ in these challenging times.


Kobus Odendaal