Kenya: Muslim Terrorists Strike Churches

By Rae Burnett, Africa Director for Christian Aid Mission

I have spent years traveling throughout Kenya to personally see the work of native missionaries laboring in the remotest outreaches of the desert and jungles. The one exception is Garissa and beyond to the border of Somalia. Even 15 years ago, ministry leaders would not allow me to go because of extreme danger.

That was even before the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab came into prominence. Arabic for "The Youth" or "The Boys," al-Shabaab is the Somalia-based cell of al-Qaeda now wreaking havoc in Kenya through murderous attacks on churches and secular entertainment venues as well as the kidnapping and murder of aid workers.

Seventeen people were killed Sunday in Garissa as terrorists threw grenades threw into two churches and opened fire.

Dear Sis Burnett

Most of our churches in Northern Kenya have closed down due attacks by the al Shabaab terrorists. Most Christians had to evacuate to safer areas. Missionaries and pastors who have been serving there had to relocate.

We need to pray for our government to be able to bring security in those areas. We have been talking with the government officials concerning the problem. They are not doing much as they lack personnel and vehicles. We have advised our pastors to minimize their activities in most volatile regions.

Thanks and God Bless you,