Youths continue to riot in certain sections of Kenya. No one would have guessed that his bastion of stability in East African would unravel so quickly. Crowds continue to wreak havoc on motorists. They set fire to houses along the road. Residents run screaming, searching for safety.
The United Nations estimates that more than 600,000 Kenyans have been displaced. At least 44 refugee camps are now in operation around the country. One camp went from a few hundred to more than 7000 in one day as a result of nearby violence. One week, there were empty tents and unused cots. The next week, the two acres were overflowing with people and the camp was out of supplies.
Police stations have become hubs for wandering families looking for a haven of safety. Church missionary groups have altered their plans, and served refugees rather than build buildings or follow-though with customary mission endeavors.
In the midst of all the chaos are islands of hope, yet not without their challenge. Pastor Paul Obadha writes from Kisumu, “Brother, things are not very good here … after the election. Our situation must soon change. There is much crisis, many burnt houses. The people are in trouble. I have started an orphanage. I have about 150 children that I am taking care of. Now, I must be locked in the house with them. I can’t allow them to go out because the soldiers are patrolling everywhere. You can be killed at any time. My request is that you may pray for us. God is not a liar. Through prayer, he can perform a miracle. We are very short of funds. We have very little money. Just $50 to $100 would help us greatly now. You are my friend. I feel forced by God to tell you this. God bless you.”
In the makeshift camps, the space is limited, but children still run in narrow lanes between tents. The women talk and laugh. The human spirit is so resilient. Drawn together by such sounds of life, others crowd in or come to help. Soon the entire group is singing praise songs and simultaneously snapping beans. Between songs, the stories of terror at being forced from their homes are shared.
Even in the camps, life requires patience. Due to the number of people, the lines extend for hours. At times the choice is to nurture the self, or care for the children. The camps require anonymity of last names, less the tribal hostilities flare up, even there.
If you want to help Pastor Paul Obadha, feed his orphans during this crisis, call our office and tell us that a check is in the mail. We’ll forward him some assistance. If a number of us did a little, it would translate into a lot for him and those one-hundred plus kids.
Call Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY – 704-938-9111. Go on-line, www.projectpray.org, and give on-line. Thanks for any help you can offer.