By Lourine Oluoch
A man walks towards a makeshift altar, his hands folded close to his chest, his head slightly bowed. He has a big gait and would probably clear the distance in a few steps, instead he tries not to shuffle, taking small, calculated steps to the front of the room.
The other men in the room watch him keenly as they sing an entrance hymn. He gets to the altar and makes an awkward bow. One of the men unable to hold himself anymore shouts, “Confidence!” The others men join in pointing out ways the walk to the altar could have done better. A leader of the groups quiets them down, but he too agrees that the man needs to infuse some confidence in his act.
He walks to the back of the room as the group breaks into another entrance hymn. He tries again. This time he gets to the altar and even greets the ‘congregation’ which greets him back enthusiastically…