Bishop Stephen Kewasis Nyorsok of the Diocese of Kitale, Kenya, visited St. Augustine’s on Sunday, August 10, 2014 to preach and celebrate the Eucharist. Our own Fr. Philip Sang, associate priest at St. Augustine’s, was ordained by Bishop Stephen in Kenya and sent to America for mission work in this country. By God’s grace, Fr. Philip was led to join up with the congregation St. Augustine’s in our first year as a church plant three years ago. In his sermon, Bishop Stephen examined leadership and how it unfolds in a person. He reminded us that leadership comes from God. Some may seek approval from a ballot, but God calls people to lead before they are called by others. Bishop Stephen is encouraged by the leadership of the Anglican Diocese in North America. He sees that the ACNA is fast-growing and that there is positive expansion in this region. He believes that the Lord loves America, and told us to stand strong in our faith. As he reminded the congregation, God plants. He knows what He is doing, and what He expects of us, which is to have faith in Him. The Diocese of Kitale is comprised of 50 parishes. In Kenya, there may be up to 15 congregations under one priest, spread out over the countryside. Not all are proper churches with buildings, but congregations worshipping together. He shared the experience of confirming 57 in the desert. The congregation met in a dry river bed, and the confirmands knelt in the sand to receive the bishop’s blessing. As he said, “The desert doesn’t bother us. We meet, and we worship God.” Bishop Stephen planned to met with Fr. Philip’s congregation, Victory Point Fellowship, Sunday afternoon. This group meets in the same classroom space as St. Augustine’s, gathering at 3:00pm each Sunday. On a three-month sabbatical in the United States, Bishop Stephen has visited in the New England area and Kentucky, and will travel to New York next week for a conference. After trips to Colorado and Texas, he will make his way back to Kenya, where he has been a bishop for 24 years. Bishop Stephen is married and has four grown children.