“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
A new thing is rising up in Gospel music in Kenya.
On the 1st of February 2017, a new thing was birthed within the Gospel music industry. 368 artists and about 30 pastors gathered together for the first ever Gospel Artists’Prayer Day. This was a powerful time when artists within the Gospel music family came together to call on God, and dedicate both their craft and themselves to His use.
The Prayer Day featured artists, DJs, VJs, dancers, producers (both audio & video) and hypemen. Also present were music promoters, media personalities, and other industry stakeholders.
A strong sense of God’s presence saturated the place, as the artists cried to God together, thanking Him for the successes of the industry to date, but also spending time in confession and repentance over both personal failures, as well as the failures of the Gospel music family as a whole.
Artists’ knelt and wept, many of them breaking down in God’s presence, and they called on Him and invited Him afresh into their lives and into their ministry.
A powerful moment was had when the artists shared communion together, a sign of commitment to Him and to the work ahead, but also a powerful symbol of unity within the industry.
The time of prayer was expertly led by Pastor David Ewagata, as well as Pastors Pete Odera, Ken Aringo, and Lydia Kilonzo, with Pastor Andy Mburu and DJ Moz acting as event hosts. Music was led by Mike Manoa and the Groove Band, and later Timothy Kaberia, leader of the AFLEWO movement, joined in for a powerful time of spontaneous prayer and worship.
At the end of the event, the artists were invited to fill out a small Commitment Card that would serve as a physical reminder and keepsake of the commitment made on that night (See below).
As a next step, and as we await the next prayer day, artists were invited into three action steps. Firstly, to attend the Groove Camp scheduled for May 2017, to participate in the K-Krew Bible Study every Tuesday evening at Nairobi Cinema, and finally to ensure they are plugged in and serving at a good Bible-believing local church.
The Prayer Day was an initiative of Kubamba, Groove Networks and the Nairobi Area Youth Pastors Network (NAYNET).
I commit to use my gift to bring Glory to God.
I commit to not just communicate the truth through music and creative art but make it my lifestyle.
I commit to constantly protect myself from the three things that bring many ministers of the gospel down, namely the love of money, the lust of the flesh and the boastful pride of life.
I commit to purposefully grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ
I commit to finding an intentional community of Christians I will fellowship with and be held accountable by
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
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