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January 29, 2008

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Our church has several connections to some efforts in Kenya. Yesterday the following e-mail came with a cry for help. It seems that once again tribal problems are boiling over on the continent of Africa. The letter is below. Please if you stop by here say a prayer for those already in great need who are now fearing for their lives.

If you are interested a video made by the team that went this last summer can be watched HERE

“Dear Team;
We’re having a situation here in Limuru that just rose up this weekend. A meeting was called where members and a local mp have mandated that all non-Kikuyu’s leave immediately [within 72 hours]. People have been going door to door to see if there are Luhyas, Kambas, etc. Just last night, Tez and Sean were woken to go to Dada’s nest where they had been approached by door-to-door people. Tez and Sean took the woman and her kids to Nairobi in the middle of the night.
Many of the non-Kikuyu’s are leaving, but word has only just begun to reach Tigoni.
We’re having a problem because one of our teachers, our grounds keeper, the only night guard, and several of our kids are non-Kikuyu. Especially Auma – she is a Luo, and she attends school down the street. This is the tribe that has been hardest hit, with several being killed in broad daylight last week in town. I have asked Sean to see if one of their volunteers will come to the center and start homeschooling her so that no trouble comes to her for the time being. We are also painting/disguising the small door in the upstairs ceiling that leads to the attic, to make it into a sort of safe room if anyone comes to the center during the night. Perhaps it’s providence or irony, but the girl who already sleeps on the top bunk right now that is right below the trap door is Auma.
We are hoping these are only precautions, but you can see it in people’s eyes. They are very scared. Francis does not know where to go. it has been demanded that all non-Kikuyu’s go west. The problem is that they would have to go through Naivasha and Nakuru – an area that is now roadblocked and being ravaged for their blood.
If you can ask someone to kick in some extra funds to next month’s budget for a G-4 guard or two, it would really be smart/appreciated. Our only night guard has already been getting threats, and he almost certainly won’t be able to stay. If Joe were to provide someone, they’d have to be Kikuyu themselves.
We don’t know what to do about Francis, Susan, and Samuel. They don’t have anywhere to go. Bracken cannot take refugees or it will be a danger to the mission, etc. Do you think we could rent a small house/shamba near here in Tigoni for a little while that they [Francis and Jane] can stay in? There are so many tribes working here at Bracken it might be a safe enough community.
We pray this will all go away soon, But I am afraid its only bubbling under the surface. It is getting quite tense.
God bless, Kalen”
There is a news story of the killings  HERE
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2008 11:49 am

    Heartbreaking….of course I will pray.

  2. January 29, 2008 1:53 pm

    You should contact Tigoni police station and inform the officer commanding station ( ocs) himself. You might even convince him to give you some policemen to stay on site. For the adults if you can get the police security don’t let them leave they are safer where they are than on the road. You are in the gorverment stronghold whatever you do not let them go to the opposition areas. Also speak to the church pastors around you. it’s very unlikely that where you are ( central province) will see much violence but that said you should not let your non Kikuyu staff be on the road. Also talk to your neighbors there constantly so that you know what the latest romours on the grounds are. It’s very unlikely that Tigoni and most of central province will erupt.Good luck. and keep us posted

  3. January 30, 2008 2:33 pm

    Prayers are yours and theirs.

  4. January 30, 2008 10:13 pm

    I confess that Africa disturbs me. Maybe God is working in my heart in ways that I don’t know yet? I just watched ‘Last King of Scotland’ – SO scary! I admire Missionaries in places such as these……I admire the people who live this kind of life every day & still find a way to smile – that pic of the little girl is beautiful! Praying for peace!!!!

  5. January 30, 2008 10:15 pm

    On a completely different note – does anybody out there know whay my picture doesn’t show up in the comments, but it shows up in the right margin? This frustrates me, even though it is of NO importance whatsoever!!!

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