You have likely heard about the attacks at a university in Garissa, Kenya, which left 147 dead. We mourn the passing of these men and women. Today, we are working with servant leaders in the field whose missions include education, helping others with physical needs, all the while sharing God’s love. Take a look at what they have to say about serving today amidst the violence.
There is no way to try and be in control of your circumstances when living in East Africa. Now adding the threat of terrorism, you can try to be vigilant, but you can always get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the reality that our family lives in. I am sorry that the world has become this way. The plus side is, we get to really teach and show our kids what living by faith and trusting in God is all about. Together as a family we continue to say, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall we fear?” All we can do is use the brains that he gave us to avoid danger as best as we can, but also be bold in sharing our hope in Jesus that this world so desperately needs.
Insecurity is a constant reminder of the larger battle that is going on around us. Over the last year, there have been multiple terrorist attacks throughout Kenya, as well as several robberies within our community. Though these acts of violence are cause for vigilance and heightened awareness, they also help us to see the needs of the communities we serve more clearly. Poverty of spirit and of finances leaves many in this area hopeless. All of this helps us appreciate Action Ministry’s team that much more. Their dedication to serve the people at Blessed Camp day in and day out is inspiring. As a family we strive to be as safe and as wise as possible while living within a slightly volatile area. But, knowing that God has called us here to invest in Action Ministry encourages us to stay the course.
In the past few years, our country have experienced several terror attacks, some in places of worship. I have to admit that at times I have felt fear and felt like giving up. During this difficult and trying times, one thing has kept me going, the fact that it’s God who appointed and sent me to do whatI am doing and that he will protect me, my family and the people we serve. Among other scriptures, Psalms 91 and 23 stand out. “Yea, even though I pass through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, God is on my side….”