From ANN, February 10, 2016:    More than 3,000 leaders and members from the Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s East-Central African Division celebrated the inauguration of the newly built West Kenya Union Conference headquarters last week in Kisumu, Kenya. The state of the art complex includes a brand new media center, two cafeterias and a host of offices and meetings rooms.

Special guests included His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the country of Kenya. East-Central Africa Division president Blasious Ruguri welcomed the nation’s president and acknowledged the work of Union president Kenneth Maena, who oversaw the building of the new three-story office complex in just 15 months.

The two-day celebration included a special dedication service on February 6, followed by an inaugural ceremony on February 7, where the president of Kenya was the guest of honor.

The nation’s president commended the Adventist denomination for its exemplary role in transforming the country and building communities. “You have established hospitals, schools, and other socially beneficial amenities. You have uplifted communities, empowered our citizens and built our nation,” the president said.

Kenneth Maena thanked the Kenyan president for his support of the denomination and shared that he and his team were dedicating the new offices to the mission of evangelism and discipleship.

The West Kenya Union Conference has only been in existence for two years. The rapidly expanding region has more than 300,000 members and more than 2,000 churches.

Adventist News Network (ANN) is the official news service of the denomination’s world headquarters in Washington, DC. Featured image credit: ANN/ECD Media Center.