Friday, January 4, 2008

please pray for Kenya

You've probably seen on the news what's going on in Kenya right now. This is a letter from a Kenyan pastor who works with e3 Partners Ministry. Some of the e3 Trainers in Kenya have been affected by the violence.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Receive greetings in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I trust that you are doing fine as you continue  to lift Kenya before the throne of grace.
Right now our beloved country is at the cross roads.  Right now about 75,000 people have been displaced from their homes. Houses and business premises have been destroyed and hundreds of people have lost their lives and many have been injured.
People are not yet gone to  their places of work.  In fact some business premises are still closed, including  food stores. The ones that are open,  have sold out the essential food items and prices of  food have started going up. Public transport is not yet back to normal. We are now  experiencing fuel or gas shortage in the country, due to transportation problems. The fuel tanks cannot take fuel to the gas stations because of  the violence.
We are experiencing chaos in most of the major cities and towns in the country. In fact yesterday we had a lot of engagements between the police and the youth around Nairobi, due to the cancellation of the rally  which was to be held in Nairobi.
This is not what we are used to in Kenya.  Kenya has been known as a peaceful country; it has been known as the mother of peace in Africa.
Continue to pray, as you have been praying :
·         for this country, so that peace and tranquility can prevail in our beloved country
·         the people of Kenya can co-existed together, we need to continue to do so.
Yesterday, Bishop Desmond Tutu arrived in Nairobi from South Africa in order to help in mediating the two sides and to find a solution in the political crisis and  conflict. Even as the two sides start talking we pray that, violence and destruction of properties will come to an end.
Our church and other Christians in the country have started prayer and fasting for the restoration of peace and tranquility. We ask you to do the same for Kenya. Every day our church members will be meeting for prayers at 4:00 p.m. in the Church ( 12:00pm Central Tine in the US).  We are asking God to give us peace, unity, and a safe co-existence of all peoples of Kenya. We are praying that communities will stop attacking each other. We pray that the conflict will be looked at conclusively, where everybody is a winner and the country is held high.
Thank you and may God bless you in all you are doing in His Kingdom.
Yours In His Service,
Rev. Joe Michael Kamau
E3 Partners Ministry – Kenya


Kristyn said...

Wow Nat! Thanks for sharing that. I love that he gives a time reference of when they are meeting...makes it feel not so far away. It's interesting because we just got a Christmas card in the mail from some good friends who are partnered with E3 Ministry (not missionaries, they just give)and they talk about it in their card. Anyways, I had not heard of them, and now I've seen it twice in one day. Hmmm.

lauren w said...

thanks for posting this. i love that Kenya has been called the Mother of Peace. maybe instead of being known as the Mother of Peace they will come to know the only One that can bring peace.

thosetonnes said...

Wow, it is amazing to see how God has given you a heart for his nations. I just prayed and will continue to pray for them. I hope that you are having a great day. And I know that Josh probably doesn't read these, but please tell him that he did a great job this weekend. I know it must have been so hard for him to share something so personal. It really is a testament to our God and King and how gracious he is.

Meredith said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing that. Also, on another note, I wanted to tell you that I get the Village podcasts and listened to Josh's sermon "Grace." It spoke so deeply to me and I really think it was the best talk on grace I've ever heard. Thank you for being such a blessing!

lauren w said...

Natalie! i want a date with you! sometime we need to grab lunch again ok!

thosetonnes said...

Hey Natalie,

I thought this would be the best way to respond to you. I just got a job at a company called Viscern so I am unable to help you guys with your babysitting needs. The job is a total blessing and the Lord is just so great.

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