Duly elected church officials in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya have been locked out, literally, of church leadership by Rev. Walter Obare.
A church convention was called for elections. Bishop Thomas Asiago and two of the other four bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) brought duly chosen delegates with the minutes from their meetings but they were met by armed guards at the convention and locked out of the proceedings.
This is not the first time that Rev. Obare has manipulated church conventions in violation of the ELCK constitution. This has been an ongoing problem for years and the other bishops and the Christians of the ELCK have finally grown tired of it.
One of many ironies in this situation is that the dioceses that were locked out of the convention are the strongest and most populated. Bishop Asiago routinely has 500 or more worshipers on Sunday morning at the cathedral in Kisii. His parish also has a Lutheran school with over 3,000 students enrolled.
Bishop Thomas Asiago is being welcomed to America in October of 2015 by several Lutheran pastors and congregations. He is the Bishop of the Southwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) and was recently elected presiding bishop for the entire church body although the former presiding bishop does not accept his election.
The pastors in America are showing support for him and listening to him talk about the problems in his church in Kenya. (You can click here to read about the election.)
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is a sister church of the ELCK. Many of its members are in the midwest region of the United States and so the Bishop Asiago visiting churches, pastors and bishops in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.