Kenya is definitely experiencing some trials these days. They have affected us all in different ways. Some of our colleagues were in the mall when the attack at Westgate in Nairobi occurred. They were able to safely escape during the 1st day of the siege. Shortly afterward, there was an assassination of 4 religious leaders in the coastal city of Mombasa, increasing tensions. Protests led to four more fatalities, injuries, and a burned church.*
We, like others, have taken a few days off this past month to relax and unwind a bit. And just as we were in Nairobi and a day after I mentioned (again) that “nothing ever happens in Maralal”, we received some disturbing news from friends.
On Wednesday, in response to cattle theft between Turkana and Samburu and the police activity that followed, local University students protested in town. As things turned violent, the police fired on the crowd and one student was fatally shot. Our quiet little town has not experienced anything like this in my memory. Things seem calm since our return on Thursday. Town is unpopulated and the roads are empty.
No one knows what will happen as a result of recent events. But one thing we know; God has called us here, at this time, to live and work and teach His word to all who will listen. Pray for Kenya, pray for believers to be bold in witnessing to the truth and the peace that only comes through Christ our Lord.
*from a colleague’s newsletter