At PMS Kenya Annual Meeting, Bishop Calls for Contemporary “effective evangelizers”

PMS Directors and PMC Coordinators from Kenyan Dioceses at the ongoing Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

The contemporary world needs “effective evangelizers”, Bishop John Mbinda of Kenya’s Lodwar Diocese has told officials of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in the East African nation.

Addressing participants in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of PMS Coordinators drawn from Kenyan Catholic Dioceses alongside officials of the Commission for Missions and PMS Operations of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday, February 6, Bishop Mbinda effective evangelizers witness Jesus Christ even to the point of death.

“To be effective evangelizers of the modern world, we need to be witnesses to a point of martyrdom,” he said in his address at JJ McCarthy Centre of the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi (ASN).

Witnessing the person of Jesus Christ entails “entering into his life, passion, death, and resurrection,” the Kenyan Catholic Bishop who serves as the Vice Chairman of KCCB’s Commission for Missions and PMS Operations said.

He emphasized the need for missionaries, who he said have to communicate Jesus Christ’s "life, passion, death, and resurrection to the world by living and not just saying it."


“This is the true witness of a disciple today; one who leads others to Jesus by the testimony of his or her life,” the Kenyan-born member of the the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CSSp./Spiritans) added.

“We are all called to communicate Jesus,” he further said, adding, “being a missionary does not mean we go out to communicate ourselves or exhibit our persuasive skills, abilities, and qualities, or our managerial skills.”

He emphasized, “A missionary sent by Jesus through the Church is mandated to present Jesus Christ in words and deeds, proclaiming to everyone the good news of salvation with joy and boldness.”

In the contemporary world, people are keen about those, who live their “Christian faith authentically like St. Theresa of Calcutta.”

“We all need to take up the courage and frankness of the first Christians, to bear witness to Jesus Christ in word and deed today,” he said at the five-day AGM meeting that has PMS Diocesan Directors and the Pontifical Mission Childhood (PMC) Coordinators in attendance, set to conclude on Friday, February 9.

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The Kenyan Bishop who has been at the helm of Lodwar Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination on June 4 went on to caution against the spread of falsehoods and fake news, which he described as “a cloud of doubts and misinformation”.

“There is an eclipse of truth and so everyone is struggling to unravel the truth amidst the darkness of the mind,” he said, adding that Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life has been blocked from the people by “means of well thought out philosophies and ideologies.”

Bishop Mbinda continued, “The people of today are more enticed by philosophies of individualism, consumerism, nihilistic views, and attitudes of hedonism and utilitarianism.”

Amid such ideologies and philosophies, effective evangelizers can “take up our missionary key and be in mission with burning hearts.”

The Kenyan Spiritan Bishop emphasized the need for evangelizers to go to “the crossroads of life to meet the people in their life situations and talk, discuss, and invite them to this joy that Jesus has given to us.”


Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.