Posted below, is a copy/paste version of the original letter received sent to Pastor Robert Keyes and Tabernacle African Universal Church from Pastor Andrew and Kenya’s First African Universal Church:
Note: The paragraphs below the title are original and unedited
Received Thursday, August 17, 2017, 8:20AM
Andrew omanga c/o [Kenya`s African Universal Church]
And entire church board.
25th Church Anniversary of The Tabernacle African Universal Church
congregation. Your services are always marvelous and appreciable. On behalf of Kenya`s First African Universal Church, we extend our heartiest congratulations to you“ the mother church“ for completing 25 glorious years of success. You have always been on the top of the list for serving the community with your unselfish services. We also give thanks to the Lord for his grace in preserving for Himself a Tabernacle African Universal Church in the USA for the last 25 years! What a joy and privilege to abide to celebrate such an event. Sadly, a number of our founding members are not here to celebrate this event with us as the lord has called His faithful servants home: But wouldnâ€™t their hearts be full of joy to be cerebrating this event? We give thanks and praise to the Lord for we know that it is only by his grace and faithfulness that the church continues on. Sadly again, we are not able to be with you in person to cerebrate this event, as we are far apart here in Kenya, but as the Apostle Paul intimates, while we are not there in body, we are with you in spirit. May the Lord continue to bless His congregation there in USA and here in Kenya as we strive by grace to bring Him glory in our worship and go about the task of making and growing His disciples as the call of the Gospel goes out through His word and His people witness to its glorious Grace.
Churches like yours with a brilliant team of dedicated servants and with a friendly serving environment can only aim for high results. Connecting and serving under you has been a real honor and we value each and every aspect of transaction and deal. With your commitment and sincerity you have time to time proved your worth and have gained the much deserved love and Grace of God. With your services, the community and far reaching areas of the entire world has gained a lot spiritually, socially, economically and emotionally. You have always kept the congregational satisfaction as your priority and have never resorted to any wrong means for any service you offer. Your team servants consider it a privilege serving in the mother church and beyond where need be. I again applaud Tabernacle African Universal Church for its 25 years of service and fellowship. Your congregation is a shining example of what it means to love one another and give cheerfully to those in need, and I am confident that your legacy of ministry and compassion will long grace your church community in the USA and other parts of the world as a whole. The Session and Congregation of the Kenya`s first African Universal Church would like to convey our congratulations on the 25th year of the Tabernacle African Universal Church of USA. The Lord has certainly blessed you as a congregation in leading you this far. â€œThis milestone offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the history of the MOTHER CHURCH and the important contributions it has made to the personal and spiritual development of over thousands and thousands of the believers, past and present. As you mark 25 years of success, you have every reason to be proud of the churchâ€™s past and excited about its future. I am certain that Mother church will continue its spiritual and physical mandate of preparing souls to engage successfully with the world for many years to come leading to eternal life. I am overwhelmed with emotions, esteem and appreciation for you and donâ€™t know how to express my feelings of gratitude for you. I donâ€™t know what to write and from where to begin with. You have always been a living embodiment of the divine for us in Kenya`s First African Universal Church, so supportive, caring and full of love in all situations. The values you instilled in us during our journey to growth and later as well, always guided us throughout our lives. We are very lucky and blessed to have you as our mother church. I know, you will not even like our saying thanks to you but the truth is that whatever we have achieved in our spiritual life and church growth is because of your blessings and teachings. I just pray to God that in our every incarnation, you should be our mother church and we be your daughter church here in Kenya.
To the officers, members and friends of the Tabernacle African Universal Church, as you celebrate this church anniversary, we can truly say, you have come this far by faithâ€. The Lord had brought you a mighty long way and because He will not leave you nor forsake you, the future of the church is blessed. You have not made it this far by yourselves, but there have been many who have gone on before that have paved the way for where you are in the year 2017 most importantly remembering our founding princess Laura Adorka Kofi as Paul says, in Ephesians 2:19-22 â€œNow therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.â€ The church has grown upon a firm foundation of faith, with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone. And as you reflect on the ministry of days gone by you can see the fruit of the labor of many.
I further say that, this anniversary is special; special because you are blessed to honor one of our founding princess Laura Adorka Kofi and the Tabernacle African Universal Church family. Over many years ago our church founder, Princess Laura Kofi ministered there in the USA as a voice crying out in the wilderness. She embraced a hand approach and during her ministry accomplished the laying foundation of the building of the present sanctuary. From South to North, from the country to the city, from Bethlehem, the â€œhouse of breadâ€ to bringing â€œnew hope to New Hopeâ€ Rev. Robert Keyes and brother Kubi Keyes and others has been a blessing to thousands of people for 17 years now..
Earlier in the year, Rev. Robert Keyes through brother Kubi Keyes surprised us one fine morning and told us that the mother church has been inspired by God to have a branch church in Kenya, Africa, realizing the vision and dream, land has been acquired for the church and construction of the church is underway, praise and glory be to the Father for all this progress.. As we join Tabernacle African universal church [mother church] to thank God and our appreciation to our founding princess Rev Laura Adorka Kofi, Bethlehem could literally see what the Lord has done these past twenty- five years of faithful ministry. And so we too say thank you princess Rev Laura Adorka Kofi ,Rev Robert Keyes,Brother Kubi Keyes and other team servants for giving to the Lord. As we look to the Lord we can see how He has blessed. Bethlehem can witness what happens when people partner with the pastors and follow leadership. We are all blessed to witness the mantle of ministry pass from Pastors to pastors. Tabernacle African Universal Church and other affiliates can see from whence Princess Laura Adorka Kofi came from and the roots of her ministry. As you look to the future, it is important to know what you do today will have a far reaching impact of people who you do not even know. As you seek to serve the Lord the fruit of ministry will touch hundreds and thousands as you remain committed to Christ. We pray the Lordâ€™s blessing on many more years in His Service as Tabernacle African Universal Church of USA. May He continue to watch and guide you all in His service. Congratulations from all of us for your wonderful journey of 25 years of success and we hope the same for the future also. We hope Tabernacle African Universal Church reaches to new heights in the coming days not forgetting what it has done and continue to be doing in Kenya right now as the first seed has been planted in the continent of Africa specifically here in Kenya under the name Kenya`s first African universal church, Kenya. We wish you all the success for many more years to come. And we hope to walk together in this journey with you in future. Again, thank you for your hard work and much dedication and look forward to your ongoing contributions and a bright and successful future as the church.
Pastor Andrew omanga c/o [Kenya`s African Universal Church]