Gunfire and Easter
Join us in praying for Kenya
College students in northeastern Kenya woke Thursday morning to a terrifying scene as terrorists stormed their campus - killing 148 people. The BBC and others report that the attackers sought out Christians to put to death.
We celebrate Easter as Jesus coming to our aid in his own death on the cross and then returning to life. It was a horrible price to pay but a tremendous victory in the end.
Decades ago, World Gospel Mission helped form a local body of believers in Kenya - the Africa Gospel Church. Their current leader, Rev. Dr. Robert Lang'at, shares his thoughts on these two events...
In yet again, the saddest and most perplexing situation in Kenya, as Christians of this great nation of great people, during this Easter season must meet, in the light of the most despicable and scandalous death of our redeemer on a cursed piece of wood and yet in the irony of things has become the symbol and the embodiment of the deepest, widest, highest and greatest love possible, meet the tragedy of violence, terror, religious bigotry and death with the best of revolutionary love that is beyond human description. The love of Jesus is the best counteraction against evil. We as children of our beloved nation should say with Paul "We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. " (2 Corinthians 4:8 - 4:11 NKJV). Let us be instruments of peace even if does not make sense anyway. God have Mercy on Kenya my motherland!
It is this group of believers we go to serve alongside at Tenwek, around Kenya and throughout the region. Please pray for them with us - for grace and peace and courage.
An Update on Us
We continue to prepare to leave for Kenya. Lots of logistics. Mike will spend a few weeks working at children's hospitals this month to pay the bills and avoid drawing a salary from the mission (until we are fully funded and can move). Next month we all travel to MTI in Colorado to receive training in linguistics and cross-cultural work. They have a great program for kids to help them transition well and thrive in their new location. We are grateful for such support. We hope to be completely funded in June so that we can leave. People who share our vision for children's surgery and training medical missionaries continue to get connected with us - but we still have a way to go. Please pray with us for the needed funds.
Caleb's 1st Birthday!
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa