Thursday, January 3, 2008

Is Kenya Falling Apart?

It’s very good to have started the year in much prayer. I’m praying often now for the events happening in Kenya. Every time I look at CNN on the Internet – it’s one more bit of news that seems a little more hopeful than the last bit of news. I would urge you to continue to pray for peace. It’s really a miraculous answer to prayer that the opposition’s “peaceful rally” planned for earlier today got called off since it was ban by police. (It didn’t really happen in time to inform the citizens.) But none-the-less Desmond Tutu’s arrival and discussion proved helpful. Now it seems Kenya’s attorney general has called for an independent recount. As it is President Kibaki’s reported to have won by only a very narrow margin.

If you are inclined to pray, please continue to do so.

· Pray for humility among these Kenyan leaders – something rarely found in Africa.
· Pray for the quick recovery of the nation now torn by ethnic clashes.
· Pray for real reconciliation to occur and real repentance between tribes.
· Pray for those who have lost loved ones, for their healing.
· Pray for the poor. They are a growing majority in a country that has recently experienced a booming economy. There will be plenty of work to be done in recovery of homes and resettling displaced people.
· Pray for God’s blessing to return to this nation and the work of those who are helping to rebuild it.

Kenya has been a model for peace and stability since gaining independence in 1963. I’m praying for the redemption of that reputation. Honestly, I expect more of Kenyans. I can only guess the growing poverty rift has really heightened people’s discouragement thus precipitating this violence.

Thank you for your prayers.

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