NAIROBI EVANGELICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
The Dictionary of African Christian Biography (By Mwiranga G.K)
If there be a man used of God to perpetuate Pentecostal revival in Africa South of the Sahara, then Apostle Joe Kayo is the man. Taking oﬀ from August 1957 after T.L.Osborn crusade in Mombasa, Apostle Joe Kayo has been preaching, and used to minister the grace of God and His power through miracles like in the days of the early Church. He has held crusades and revival meetings in most of the African countries, North America, Europe and Asia. THE VISION AND MINISTRY Six months after his conversion, Apostle Dr. Joe Kayo had an unusual experience. He alone was again praying when he started speaking in tongues. Worried of what was happening, he went to some Pastors who were with Dr. T. L. Osborn in the crusade, and was informed that he had been ﬁlled with the Holy Spirit. As he meditated about it, he heard a clear voice say to him, “ I have healed you these two times and ﬁlled you with My Holy Spirit, so that you may take Christ’s healing power to the world.”
1. Pentecostal movement
To date Apostle Dr. Kayo is a favorite speaker in University Campuses, Colleges and High Schools in diﬀerent countries of the world. He has held Crusades and Revival meetings in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, England, U.S.A., Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Swaziland, Japan, Botswana Nigeria, and all over Kenya of course. His crusades do number in tens of thousands at a single meeting, where authentic miracles do happen. It is through his preaching that many African countries have embraced Pentecostalism, that is now common all over Africa.
Great leaders of the Church in Kenya have served under the leadership of Dr. Joe Kayo. It is said that there is no major town you can visit in East Africa, and fail to meet preachers who were born again in Dr. Joe Kayo’s crusades, directly, or were helped by the man of God personally. The three times I visited his oﬃce there were always long queues of believers coming for counselling, advice and other mentoring needs. He has remained loyal to the Lord who called him, he has not joined up with any grouping, yet has loved God’s servants and believers, and has served them without discrimination. Many of us know where he goes for physical ﬁtness exercises with his wife, who labors along with him. Giving credit where it deserves is the right thing to do. In this case, the legacy we can give to this man is to appreciate his input to the Church of Africa.