A spirit of gratitude, even in tough times, enables us overcome the sense of defeat. This was part of the message delivered to the University community during the end of year thanksgiving service held on December 16, 2020.
The annual service, organized by the University Chaplaincy, is a time for staff and students to be appreciative of the institution’s success throughout the year. This year was no different. In spite of the challenges encountered in the year 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University continued its operations albeit in a limited capacity.
In his sermon, Rev. Gideon Kiriga, gleaning from the scriptures on praise, focused on the importance of gratitude regardless of the circumstances. He reminded the congregants that the sole purpose of human existence is to serve God, and therefore, the lack of worldly possessions as experienced during this pandemic should not hinder us from praising and thanking God.
“Life is not about material wealth. Our purpose on earth is to praise the Lord for we belong to Him. When we offer our praise and thanksgiving to God, He answers when we call”, preached Rev. Kiriga.
As Rev. Kiriga encouraged the congregants not to lose hope in the face of adversity, he was keen to note that the stewardship of JKUAT is in the right hands given the dedication by senior management in leading such a forum.
This was notably evident by the various roles played by senior officers of the University led by Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Robert Kinyua and Prof. Bernard Ikua. Others included Principal College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE), Prof. David Mburu, and Deputy Dean of Students, Dr. Fredah Wanzala.
The service was streamed live via the University’s social media platforms. The theme was “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving…be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”