Nairobi Central Seventh Day Adventist Church has currently 140 deaconesses serving for the year 2015 to 2016. The department is headed by Sis. Lora Mokaya who is assisted by eleven other assistant head deaconesses. The head deaconesses form a council and meet regularly every two weeks to assess, plan and implement measures that enhance the smooth and efficient running of the church.
Deaconesses work in partnership with deacons. In recent times both departments are referred to as deaconry, though church members still use the term deaconesses when they want to make it clear they are referring to the ladies and deacons for men.
If one should ask a church member what deaconesses do, the response would likely be that they collect offerings on Sabbath and help you find a seat. Deaconesses do far more. By the time you are comfortably seated in the pews on Sabbath, the deaconry have already been active on Friday evening ensuring the church is clean and well prepared, so that when you arrive on Sabbath all is orderly, tables are beautifully covered and your bulletin and offering envelopes are right in front of you. Deaconesses are concerned about sick and bereaved members. Since January, deaconesses have visited over 33 bereaved families and also sick members to pray with and console them.
Visitors are always welcomed but may feel lost in a big church as ours. We get a better opportunity to fellowship and mingle with them during the lunches graciously provided and served by deaconesses. Many have been touched by the warmth and attention given then.
Many deaconesses are assigned to schools, colleges and children’s home. They offer spiritual guidance and become a source of comfort and support for the students away from home environment. Our current motto is 1 Corinthians 10:31 For whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. Deaconesses feel privileged to be workers in God’s vineyard and our prayer is to be faithful servants. We welcome our church newsletter. Keep watching our space.