Providing food for Kibera

A few days ago we began to feel the burden on our hearts for all the people around us who’ve been displaced by the riots and are now sleeping on floors in relative’s houses or on the floors of churches or on the streets. It seemed like every Kenyan we knew was having to address this issue in one way or another and we wanted to help. So we pitched an idea, with a little prayer, to the missions committee at our sending church, Dulles Community. We proposed to them sponsoring a Kibera church with whom we have a relationship through some Kenyan friends (James & Truphena) by helping this church to feed the >250 people who are sleeping on the floor there. We were blown away by DCC’s quickness to respond and their generosity in wanting to being involved. We’ve been working on the details of this project for a few days, and today it all came together. Below are portions from our email to the DCC mission committee we sent earlier this afternoon. Our hearts are overflowing right now as we just returned from the grocery store and have successfully been able to hand over the first bunch of vouchers to the church. Please forgive us for this very long e-mail, we just have a lot to say! We want to tell you what transpired today and how God opened the doors – to give Him all the glory for His constant provision for His people.This morning, when we got up, we checked the news and found out that the opposition party is planning to rally every...

Jan 3 update

THANK YOU First, we want to thank you all for your prayers and your notes of encouragement.  We have truly felt your love holding us up here.  It has made this all much more manageable and less stressful to feel so connected to you. UPDATE Just a quick update on life here in Nairobi today.  We were all set for everything to fall apart – and it really didn’t (at least from where we are at).  We were told to be ready to evacuate, if the situation called for it.  So we spent the day finishing up all of our packing and deciding what we really couldn’t leave behind.  The plan would be to drive to a safe place outside of the country. However, the rally that was set to occur was thwarted by police.  We could hear activity not far away, as the police were shutting down the advance of the protesters towards the city center.  Even though the protesters were actually making an effort to be peaceful, the government canceled the rally.  The rally is set to occur again on January 8th. We don’t think that everything is cleared up, by any means.  We continue to ask for prayer for this situation.  Specifically now that the international community will be able to successfully influence the leaders here and that those committing violence will see that it will not change anything and in fact is hurting their county. We had a bit of a change tonight.  We were able to join the other missionaries in our neighborhood for an impromptu cookout.  It was so wonderful and relaxing to...

A prayer request

Happy New Year! We hope you are all having a restful holiday time. Ours has been restful… too restful, in fact! You may have heard about the recent election here in Kenya. We won’t go into all the details of the story here (you can find more of the story on our website or on most news sites), but wanted to tell you what our situation is and ask for prayer. In a nutshell, there has been a great deal of unexpected unrest all over Kenya since the results of the election unfolded this past weekend. Hundreds have died in tribal-related violence over the disputed election results. This being a usually peaceful country, the extreme violence has surprised us all. At this point, we have cancelled our vacation to Mombasa that we had planned and will continue to stay put here in Nairobi. We have just completed our 4th day of being in the house – though Andy ventured out today in search for some food! Our neighborhood has been quiet and peaceful. There was only one point yesterday afternoon when we became concerned – we could hear a mob and police gunfire in a market area not far from us, close to Kibera slums. This occurred at the same time as a protest rally was being thwarted in another area of the city. We are awaiting some kind of move towards a resolution on the part of the political leaders, as well as another rally set to occur on Thursday. Prayer Requests: – Please pray for this country – that the leaders will resolve their issues politically and...

Situation in Nairobi

We want to give you all an update on the situation here in Kenya, as we know it isn’t getting a lot of press in the US and what you are hearing may alarm you.   First, we are sitting in our (new) house, not having left our front gate for three days and wondering when we will be able to leave.   We are completely fine – we have supplies, food, water, etc. to keep us for a while.  We were prepared and expecting there to be an unstable situation for a few days after the election.  So, please, do not be concerned that we are in any danger because we are not.  AIM has kept us very informed and has required us to stay at home until the situation stabilizes and we feel completely comfortable with their leadership and experience in this kind of situation. Here is a run-down of what has occurred in the past week: The election was held last Thursday.  There are many parties here in Kenya, and the election process is very different than what we are used to.  Many people follow a party based on tribal lines, even though this is a “metropolitan” city.  Therefore the tribal animosities arise during election time especially.  The two main candidates were Kibaki (who was already president) and Raila.  In the first couple of days after the election, it looked as if Raila was winning.  Many people wanted him to win with the hope that life might get better for them than it has been under Kibaki.  There is a general mistrust of the government and here –...

Still waiting…

Well, we’re still patiently waiting out this election mess. It’s funny how the media here doesn’t show reports during the day about the riots going on throughout the country, instead they show 9 hours of the electoral commision chairman droning on and on with poll results as they come in. Either way it’s going to be a close race, and half the country is going to be upset about the results. The streets here are like a ghost town, either because people are glued to their TVs or because they’re afraid to go out. We’re doing fine. Had a little impromptu party yesterday with the stay-in-your-homes request from AIM, and are doing well. We’re just anxious for this thing to be over so people’s lives here can go back to...
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