Thursday, January 17, 2008

Postscript: Kenya's Kesho

Kesho means tomorrow in Swahili. It is heartbreaking to imagine right now just what Kenya's tomorrows will bring. Time, prayer and integrity are needed to heal its recent yesterdays.

The country is still burning, its people are still dying, and its rival "leaders" are still playing power politics with innocent lives. Nan reports that criminal gangs, not tribal vengeance, are responsible for the looting and violence in Western Province. Just as in our own country, they take full advantage of unstable political and economic conditions. Yesterday the U.S. Peace Corps was forced to decide, for security reasons, to withdraw all of its volunteers from western Kenya. Will our missionaries be next? Kenya's sick are getting sicker and its poor, even poorer.

"Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear and hatreds cease; that, our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace... "

And bless, dear Lord, all those who have given so generously of their lives for so many years. Let them not be discouraged, help them hold fast to that which is good, and keep them safe in your loving arms... all for thy love's sake. Amen.

[Drs. Nan and Gerry Hardison, Christmas Eve 2007, Maseno]

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