AFLEWO, an acronym for Africa Let’s Worship, is a Movement that unites the Church to raise an altar of Worship for the Nations of Africa through annual interdenominational All-Night worship events. People from all walks of life congregate without any barriers, lifting one voice in worship and in reverence to God.
Between 2002 and 2003, a small group of the Sing Africa Daystar alumni, had been sharing with each other their yearning to continue to serve in ministry in Africa. After several informal conversations between each other, they realized their vision was similar. This was a culmination of the Sing Africa Daystar alumni continually seeking God on how to continue with his call to bring hope to Africa. Following prayers, conversations and counsel, the vision was consolidated.
The AFLEWO founding team (Kamau Nganga, Chrispus Mbugua, Timothy Kaberia, Paul Kihiu, Mweru Kaberia, Ruguru Gichuki) allocated responsibilities to each other and each member then developed the vision within their area of appointment to be able to piece together how God’s vision would be accomplished. Each founder took time to seek God for a clear vision of what He wanted accomplished in his/her area of responsibility.
A comprehensive plan was then developed that pieced together the individual well detailed plans in a well matched and unified plan that built synergy and enabled comprehensive achievement of all fundamental objectives of the project. It also enabled a clear vision to be defined as well as key tenets and objectives for the project. Counsel was also sought from Rev. Philip Kitoto, Rev. Tom Otieno and Pastor Kyama Mugambi and these Spiritual leaders were also tasked in being the first AFLEWO pastoral team which later included Pastor Grace Bukachi and Pastor Jackie Othoro.
The AFLEWO vision is a call to bring together God’s people together for an interdenominational night of worship where Christians from different backgrounds could come together in unity to lift one voice in worship to God and to intercede for Africa. The theme for the project was “Building a culture of Worship” – Ps. 96 while the key tenets of the first AFLEWO project were to:
• Pray for the African nations
• Bring together Christians from all churches to worship in unity
• Bring together worship leaders and musicians from various churches
• Positively impact the quality of worship in the churches
• Positively touch people’s lives
• Build a pool of Christians for ministry
• Develop a culture of worship among Christians
• Bring together Sing Africa alumni for ministry
• Develop a basis for further projects by Sing Africa Alumni
Action then followed this plan and the first event was held in September 2004 in Nairobi with growth and expansion following in the subsequent years.
AFLEWO adopts a collaborative leadership approach through teams. The aim is to allow for cross vertical and horizontal communication, interaction and drivebetween the different leadership a team that is seamless.
The leadership mantle is Service and leaders need to demonstrate 5Cs: Calling, Character, Commitment, Cohesion & Competence.
LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AND TEAMS
AFLEWO is an arm of the Sing Africa Ministry which offers the overall oversight.
AFLEWO’s Leadership is organized through the Council (Vision and Strategy) and Management (Execution)
THE AFLEWO COUNCIL
Fellowships at Mavuno Chapel. Is an ordained minister andHold a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in World Christianity.
Has been in Christian Ministry for over 30 years and has been a Lead Pastor,Worship Director, Teacher, Administrator among other areas
Well trained and ably gifted in leadership and management, member of the Chartered Management Institute
Has been part of the AFLEWOpastoral team since inception
Married toWambui Kyama and theyhavethreechildren
PASTOR DR KYAMA MUGAMBI- Chairperson
Fellowships at Parklands Baptist Church
Involved in Christian Ministry including worship
Has been involved in AFLEWOsince the first year and followed though many of its activities
Seasoned professional with experience in corporate governance and compliance. She currently heads the Financial Inclusion Section Policy Division at the Bank Supervision Department of the Central Bank of Kenya
Fellowships at Trinity Chapel Meru
Holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation. Teaches at the Pan African Christian University.
He has developed training manuals and participated in a lot of their implementation
Passionate about worship and has been a leader in church and AFLEWO, helped to start AFLEWO Meru
Married to Lucy and they have four children
DR CAVENS KITHINJI
Fellowships at Lavington United Church. An ordained minister and has served in several churches including Lavington United Church and the All Saints Cathedral.
Been involved in Christian ministry and leadership for over 30 years
Has been part of the AFLEWO pastoral team since inception and has been closely involved in the AFLEWO team chaplaincy
Married to Susan and have they four children
REV TOM OTIENO
Fellowships at Parklands Baptist Church and is an ordained minister.
Leader at Transformation Ministries Africa
Has a big heart for prayer and intercession.
Married to Sarah Kabutha and they have two children
REV VICTOR KABUTHA
Fellowships at International Christian Centre
Leader at Life Ministry and passionate about young people and Christian Ministry.
Involved in many young Christians missions across Africa
Gifted in training and capacity building
Married to Tish and they have three children
Born in Uganda and has lived and worked in several countries including Kenya.
Director for external affairs at the UN Habitat
Has more than 20 years' experience in senior management, programme direction and policy advisory positions; has pioneered innovations in social mobilization, local self-governance, local economic development, women's economic empowerment and leadership and civil society empowerment.
Involved in Christian ministry for many years with people across Africa including the BEZA church fellowship in Ethiopia
Married to Mr. Musisi and they have two children
Fellowships at International Christian Centre
Trained professional music coach
Passionate about Africa and building altars for Jehovah across the continent
Been in Christian Ministry for over 20 years especially in worship
AFLEWO founder member and the Sing Africa founder
Married to Mweru and they have two children
Fellowships at CITAM
Been involved in Christian Ministry for many years and ably gifted in Management
Has been a leader in AFLEWO for many years in different capacities and currently the Interim AFLEWO Africa Office Lead
Seasoned lawyer with years of experience in the financial sector
Married to Christine and they have one daughter
DAVID CHEBII KIBET
Fellowships at Mavuno downtown church.
Been involved in Church and Christian Ministry for many years including Sing Africa
Has many years’ experience and gifted in groups formation and cohesion.
AFLEWO founder member
Married to David and they have three children
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AFLEWO Nairobi is the inaugural event of all AFLEWO chapters and was first held in 2004 and has birthed the rest of the chapters. It is simply referred as ‘AFLEWO’.
The events have been held at CITAM Karen (formerly known as NPC Karen) since 2004 except in 2007 where it was held at Nyayo Stadium. From 2013, the event is now held at Winners’ Chapel, the largest indoor facility in East Africa.
Typically held in September unless otherwise, AFLEWO Nairobi has experienced tremendous growth and is now the largest worship event in Kenya bringing together a crowd of more than 15,000 people at once.
AFLEWO Nakuru was birthed in 2013. The team was part of the 1,000 voice choir drawn from all chapters at the AFLEWO 2013 national event.
Just like all AFLEWO chapters, the choir is drawn from different denominations.
The team held their first event in Nakuru in August 2014 at Deliverance Church, Nakuru.
The event was attended by more than 2,000 people. The chapter continues to grow.
AFLEWO Mombasa was first held in 2009 at the beautiful Elim Sanctuary in Makupa. The first event was hosted by AFLEWO Nairobi team assisted with the Mombasa team.
AFLEWO Mombasa has been credited with uniting the church in Mombasa by bringing together a choir from different denominations.
The event is typically held in September at the Elim Church and is attended by more than 5,000 every year.
AFLEWO Nyeri was founded in 2010 and the first event was held at PCEA Nyamachaki in October 2010.
The event has steadily grown and is attended by over 2,000 people from the town of Nyeri.
The event is supported by the pastors’ fellowship in Nyeri.
AFLEWO Tanzania was founded in 2010 and held its first event in April 2011 at Aga Khan Diamond Hall in Dar-es-Salaam.
The event was a huge success drawing a crowd of more than 4,000 people.
The event has continued to grow and has held 3 more events at CCC Upanga church.
Also known as AFLEWO Dar, AFLEWO Tanzania was the first international event for AFLEWO.
AFLEWO Rwanda also known as AFLEWO Kigali was founded in 2011 and was first held at CLA, Nyarutarama in November 2011.
It brought together a choir from different denominations in Kigali.
AFLEWO Kigali held its second event in March 2014 as part of the country’s 20 year commemoration of the genocide. The theme was healing and reconciliation.
AFLEWO Meru was founded in 2012 and held its first event at Gikumene High School on 20th April, 2012.
AFLEWO Meru choir was also part of the AFLEWO 2013 '1000' voice choir held at Winners’ Chapel on the eve of Kenya’s Independence Day to commemorate 50 years of independence.
The chapter continues to grow and held its second event in September, 2014 at KEMU Chapel.
AFLEWO Eldoret was founded in 2016 and held its first event at CITAM Eldoret Sanctuary on 9th December 2016.
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