I am a visitor in Dubai just like most other visitors from Kenya and elsewhere globally, Writes Rev. Peter Kikuvi Makau who is touring UAE currently.
The exquisite infrastructure in roads network, real estate, and housing, as well as the organization of the malls, is impressive.
It is a model of Western and American excellence in a desert. It must be the result of hard work, financial stability founded on religious honesty, and piety among the people of the United Arab Emirates.
This is no doubt it is the axis of the strong economy of the Emirates pegged on the powerful US Dollar.
My joy as a visiting preacher and writer on parenting and good morals was taken a notch higher by a short article on the great lesson to the world from the winner of the best teacher award by a Kenyan, published in the opinion page of the “Gulf Today”.
It is my great pleasure to pass a vote of thanks on behalf of our great nation and the local bi-monthly newspaper in Kenya, “The County Press”, for which I have been a writer for the last five years in response with a request to have it rewritten in the May edition for Kenyans to read.
I would gladly like to say, in response, that the win by teacher Peter Tabichi was not merely a matter of academics but a balanced mix from the head and the heart.
Tabichi is a Kenyan science teacher and Franciscan friar at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. He was recently named the winner of U$1 million Global Teacher Prize 2019.
He was announced the winner on stage in Dubai, last month, by movie star Hugh Jackman in the presence of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
It is a spiritual enterprise. I must persuade all to strive for in its entirety as a preacher of the gospel. I may not know teacher Tabichi at a personal level, but his manner of dresses and apparel said it all.
The joy and pomp in his school was a testimony of what he is inside and outside the classroom.
The award thus went to the right man. This brings to our minds the important place of spirituality in our places of work; that essential element of life which connects us with the almighty God.
It comes at the most opportune moment when the nation is engaged in the relentless war against corruption at home. I truly want to share it with all the Kenyans serving in this beautiful country.
The short story in the paper raises hope and faith among the Kenyans in the Diaspora. Opening citation in the story from the works of Robert Schuler ‘Tough times don’t last but tough people” should be our call up notice to emulate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tough stance in his resolute to fight against graft even when we are far from home.
As I draw to my conclusion, may the Latin positive concept of drunkenness “Spiritum contra spiritum” guide us as Kenyans we serve God and the good and generous people in the UAE.
Let’s all be drunk with the fight against graft at home as we rightly do it here in UAE.
This is only achievable through honesty while out here and preaching to all of us in Kenya by word of mouth and good work across the nations.
My closing challenge to all of us as a Kenyan preacher-man let’s take hold of the great opportunity God has richly provided “carpe diem”.
Rev. Peter KikuviMakau – Dubai UAE.
The author is a minister with the Methodist Church in Kenya (firstname.lastname@example.org)