Governor Natembeya Calls on Community to Guide Children through Christian Teachings

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Governor George Natembeya has urged the Kenyan community to take responsibility for guiding children towards a better life through Christian teachings.

Speaking today at the grand opening ceremony of the 1st Pathfinder camporee organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church North Rift valley field, Natembeya emphasized the importance of equipping young people with values that will help them positively impact their communities.

“The future of any country depends on young children,” he stated. “They need to be equipped with correct values so that they can positively impact the community.”

The camporee, held at the Kitale ASK grounds, brought together pathfinders from West Pokot, Turkana, Bungoma, and Trans Nzoia counties. Natembeya, who was crowned the camp’s patron, stressed the importance of discipline and responsibility during the event.

“Avoid cases such as early pregnancy, which is rampant in Kenya,” he advised the young participants. “Take heed of the advice given by church leaders and parents.”

He also encouraged parents to play an active role in nurturing, guiding, and supporting their children. “You are their first teachers and role models,” he emphasized.

Natembeya further highlighted the value of teamwork. “Working together maximizes your strength,” he explained. “Don’t see others as competitors, but rather as allies in your journey.”

To support the camp and its participants, the governor provided water and Ksh. 200,000 for their upkeep. He also urged needy pathfinders to take advantage of the county bursary program.

“I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year,” he concluded.

Kennedy Kirwa, the youth director of the North Rift valley field, explained that the camp’s purpose goes beyond spiritual growth. “We are also nurturing these children physically and teaching them life skills that will help them succeed in their lives,” he said.

Kirwa assured the governor of the children’s safety and expressed gratitude for his support. He also appealed to the governor for additional assistance in constructing a permanent office/headquarters for the church.

The event was attended by Area MCA Erick Wafula, MCA Joshua Amwayi, CECs, COs, and SDA patrons. Their presence demonstrated the community’s commitment to supporting the camp and its goals.

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