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...

Lockdown

Well, we’ve been asked to remain in our homes for today, for good measure. I know some mission organizations here actually required their missionaries to go back to the US during this time. But, we’re waiting it out. The issue with living in Nairobi right now is that this is a Kikuyu area, and it looks like Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, is about to lose his seat as president to Raila Odinga, a Luo. For the past 2 days the news here has been droning on and on with election results (they’re still counting). Right now, out of 7 million votes, Kibaki is trailing by only 400,000. People are starting to get anxious because it is taking so long. Who knows what they’ll do when Raila is certified as the new president. Tensions in Kenya Over Election Results By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY – 1 hour ago NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hundreds of people stoned cars and rival ethnic groups fought in a sprawling slum Saturday amid tensions over delayed results from the closest presidential election in Kenya’s history, witnesses said. A millionaire opposition leader who cast himself as a champion of the poor appears poised to win the race, but only partial and unofficial tallies have been released from Thursday’s vote. In the Kibera slum, the main constituency of opposition candidate Raila Odinga, young men with machetes were running through the maze of potholed tracks and ramshackle dwellings. People set up makeshift roadblocks. About 20 miles outside Nairobi, hundreds of people were massed along a main highway. “They are looting houses and stoning cars,” Irungu Wakogi, a witness, told...

Kenyan elections today

Please take a moment to pray for peace and stability, today and tomorrow. You can follow along with the news here: http://news.google.com/?ncl=1125051941&hl=en&scoring=n For a quick snapshot of the political climate right now, read: Kenyans vote in close election, violence...
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