- Cancer, by any measure, is a ravaging disease that strips you of your dignity.
- The Kiunas are the single most influential gosprenuers in this country, if not the region.
Few individuals intrigue me like the Kiunas do.
I am referring to Bishop Allan and Pastor Kathy Kiuna of Jubilee Christian Church (JCC). They are Kenya’s top gospreneurs (gospel entrepreneurs), preaching Christ but mostly the prosperity gospel.
They are a spectacle to behold. The missus, in her swanky blueish weaves and towering heels, and the mister in his colourful, bespoke six-piece suits that, unless you are really into prosperity gospel manenos and know how its preachers roll, would give you the impression he was a butler in one of Baba Moi’s châteaus.
This week, in a long, heartfelt Instagram post, Mrs. Kiuna revealed that her husband spent the better part of last year battling cancer.
She shared how the chemotherapy had taken its toll on him, to the point where he could barely walk.
We are healed by His stripes (but most times through the application of modern medicine) and so Bishop Kiuna went from being bedridden to full health, walking with and dancing for the Lord.
To me, it was a deep story with the markings of what it means to be the proverbial (31) wife: a strong, solid woman who steels herself through the tough times, standing by her husband in his lowest moments. I admire Mrs Kiuna for that.
Cancer, by any measure, is a ravaging disease that strips you of your dignity, through what I am told are unbearable burning chemotherapy treatments that leave patients desperate to end the pain.
It is a disease that affects your family and those close to you, who put their lives on hold for the patient and act strong even when it is clear there is no coming back from the disease.
I am deeply in awe of Mrs Kiuna’s unbridled resilience and her capacity to stay the course and keep her business — church — afloat even when we would have understood if she decided to take a back seat and tend to her husband. Hats and fascinators off to you, Mummy Pastor.
But then as I continue to chew on that Instagram post, I am compelled to challenge the Kiunas to use this experience as an opportunity to do good for a community they have always purported to love and serve.