John Muhanji is Director of the Africa Ministries Office
Greetings in Jesus name. We are doing well here in Kenya despite the tension experienced in the air. We need prayers and not just prayers but true men and women of God whom God can hear are respond to their prayer. Kenya is now at the mercy of Koffi Annan Mediation outcome. If the mediation fails, we do not know what would happened to this country. The situation is very volatile at this moment.
Yesterday, Vihiga Yearly Meeting together with my office organised a prayer for peace day at Kidundu Friends church where the area member of parliament, district commissioner, district officer and several other administrators from the region attended this prayer meeting. I delivered the Key note speech and led the congregation in praying for the nation. I remembered when Amos was shown in a vision what God was planning to do to the land of Israel with the invasion of locust. Amos begged God to spare his people and God relented. Amos also sees another vision of the fire that will consume all the land, Once again, Amos stands in the gap and prays for his people. God hears the prayer of Amos and relents (Amos 7:1-5). I am convinced that God through the prayers of the righteous, will be mercifully change his mind, on the basis of the prayers of his servants and spare his wayward people in Kenya through the mediation process. Please stand with us, the Amos may be you or me. But we must intensify our prayers at this time.
I could tell from the tone of people that they are angered and they have not accepted we are okay. My prayer is that Justice and truth should come out to heal people from their anger. If he church is angered, how about the secular world? In 1Timothy 2:1-7; Paul recommends prayer that there may be peace, without which nothing good can be accomplished. I am a worried man now, please pray for us more than you have done before. Where you hear more international pressure from all over to Kenya, things are not good. But I am also optimistic that a solution will be found. That is Amos 7 encourages me that God listened to the prayers of the righteous ones and relents or repent his action.
As a result of the Sunday prayer meeting at Kidundu in Vihiga yearly meeting, I have argued Vokoli, Chavakali, Vihiga, Tuloi and Kaimosi yearly meetings to organise a joint prayer for peace meeting soon. They are planning for a day any time from now. The tentative dates subject to approval by the meetings are 2nd March at Vokoli, 9th March at Lugulu and 16th at Lirhanda.
Emergency Relief program is going on very well and we have managed to reach close to 3000 IDP in various camps. Last Friday we reached to the new places called Milembe in Sabot. These are people who have ran to John Kitui's farm for refuge and more than 300 families are on his farm. John Kitui is the presiding clerk of Elgon East Yearly Meeting. He was very happy when we reached there and shared with the displaced and later gave them food and other assorted items they were not expecting. We wanted to leave the food behind for them to distribute later, but the people refused. So we did the distribution and we left them happy and smiling. We left the place at 6.30 pm and I was arriving home at 10.00pm after ensuring that everybody who was in my track was reached home safely. The chairman of the team, Joseph Mamai the Clerk of Chwele yearly meeting could not reach his home because there is a curfew at his area from 6.00pm. I had to book for him a guest room at Webuye for his safety until the following day when he left for his home. He is safe and we are having a postmortem meeting tomorrow at kakamega friends church where he will be chairing.
There is more crisis in some of our school where the government has forced them to take more than the capacity they could hold. I have received reports from some of the principals and also witnessed myself the influx of children in schools. They need our support. We are having a meeting with all the education secretaries and later with all the principals of our secondary school and find out which is the best way to handle the crisis which the government is unable to handle. As you are aware the government is confused at the moment, emergency relief is the solution to them. Water is another major problem in some of the schools and the more the urgency the batter we shall solve the situation of an outbreak of typhoid.