Published on January 2nd, 2008 | by tdnimz7S0
Who could have predicted what happened this past week in Kenya following the election?
Kenya has been doing so well for so many years now and in fact has been a haven for other African countries who have had problem after problem with unrest and violence. Kenya has become a nation that is progressing rapidly in every way, including educational and technologically. Many people have been crossing the borders to attend the excellent training institutions, universities, etc. because Kenya has been a stable nation for so long now.
The progress we found when we came back here to live this year after a period of 19 years was astounding and we are so proud of the Kenyan people.
This latest development was totally unexpected and our hearts are burdened for these people as we have seen years of hard work, hard earned money go down in flames literally. People are distraught and devastated at what has happened. All the main cities and towns have been hit levelling a lot of places literally to the ground. There are now food, fuel, cash shortages that have crippled much of the Kenyan business world especially in places like Kisumu and Eldoret.
People are now living in fear of leaving their homes but even their homes are not secure and many people are homeless.
We have been home ourselves for the last 11 days and it looks as though we’ll be here for a few more days.
We had a food shortage yesterday but the Lord provided a way for us to buy food for ourselves and our 11 families that we support today. Ken prayed and went to Serem, a small town near us that isn’t safe but with prayer he was able to buy a few commodities thank the Lord for His provision and His protection. We now have about 7 items of basic foods here in a reasonable quantity to last another few days.
Our problem now is getting gas for the vehicle because there is none available anywhere near where we live and we only have one third of a tank left. We know that God will provide and we appreciate the prayers of His people and our friends and relatives.
We will need at some point to take Sherry back to school which is 9 hours away because of bad roads. We may need to fly if things continue as they have been the last few days. The trouble is that the airport in Kisumu is closed because of running out of fuel.
Another problem is that Ken doesn’t have his passport. It is being renewed and the Canadian High Commission requires that you leave your old passport with them while the new one is being made. He can’t leave the country. We kind of feel trapped but with God, all things are possible and He has always proved faithful.
Thanks to everyone who is praying and to all who have called us. You are amazing people. God bless you all!!!!
Marge, Ken, Sherry
Comment posted by Donna Bennett
at 1/2/2008 3:26:03 PM
Dear Cousin, I sent an email to your other address, but just wanted you to know that I am holding you in thought and prayer.
Comment posted by Sean and Judy Russel
at 1/3/2008 8:29:57 AM
Ken, Marge, Sherry….we’re praying for your safety and well being during this very difficult time in Kenya. Please take care.
Love S&J Russell
Comment posted by Dona
at 1/5/2008 6:29:46 PM
Thankyou for the updates. Thank You Lord that you knew all about this before. No surprises to Jesus. He is over all and in all and will work everything for your good. We expect to hear of great miracles of deliverance for all. We will continue in prayer and the Lord will hear us for your sakes. Love to all in Jesus, Dona
p.s. Can you just imagine the thrill of the 30 brothers and sisters when Jesus said ‘well done good and faithful servants’.
Comment posted by Judy Reuben
at 1/6/2008 4:28:05 PM
I am Jean Miller’s sister. She has been updated many of us on the disaster in Kenya. I have passed on your prayer request to our pastor at Ohsweken Baptist Church and rest assurec there are many prayers going up for your family from all of us. Our pastor and his wife are Paul and Mary Hansen from Brantford. In fact, Pastor Hansen included your family in our bulletin this morning for those who weren’t already aware of the situation. Our family will pray for you and your safety. Please take care. God bless you as you serve others.