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Healing in Kenya - One Year After the Violence

January 29, 2009

One year after Kenya's post-election violence, one indigenous ministry supported by Christian Aid continues to help and encourage the weary and destitute.

Since the horrendous post-election violence in Kenya, which destroyed families and devastated towns and villages, Kenya Evangelism Team has worked diligently to help those left in the wake of the destruction.

Christian Aid sends a special thank you to those who gave generously to this ministry in its time of crisis. Your gifts have made a tremendous difference and encouraged many. Christian Aid just received the following report from KET ministry leader, Sylvester Okango, who recently visited KET churches located in Eldoret and Mt. Elgon—two regions strongly affected by the violence. KET is also involved in ministry to the unreached in other areas of Kenya.

Internally displaced people's camp

"Our team traveled to the city of Eldoret, the epicenter of the post-election violence. Here, one of our churches was burned to the ground with people trapped inside. We met at the site of the church with 100 pastors from the region who had gathered to meet us for encouragement and prayer for the healing of Kenya. Though it has lessened slightly throughout the past year, ethnic tension remains.

"We also visited the site of another church, also destroyed by fire. Several church members had used some of the remaining charred iron sheets to construct a temporary structure where they continue to meet together for worship and fellowship. They asked us for help to rebuild their church. While in Eldoret, we visited many other places where houses were burned and people were killed. We prayed and encouraged many and 55 souls were won to Christ! In addition, the Lord healed 10 people of various sicknesses.

"Next, we visited Mt Elgon. Our first stop was at a church where 25 pastors were waiting for us for prayer and encouragement. Afterward, we visited seven additional KET churches. Some of these churches are located in the interior forest and it was not easy to reach them.

A structure built to replace a church building in Eldoret that was burned down

"We were welcomed by Christians and non-Christians living in tents at a camp for the internally displaced. Several we met with had their ears and other limbs chopped off in the violence—a permanent reminder of the hatred that erupted between tribal groups. It will take quite some time to bring things to normal because of the ethnic tension, famine and sickness. We received many requests for food, medicine and assistance in constructing houses.

"We send Christian Aid our gratitude for its support to help us rebuild some churches, provide our missionaries and pastors with bicycles and feed the internally displaced people in these regions.

"Please continue to pray with us for the means to rebuild more churches and provide necessities to our gospel workers.

God bless you,
Sylvester Okango"

For information on how you can help KET bring the gospel into the lives of suffering Kenyans, contact Africa@christianaid.org.

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