Two weeks after we left Kenya, in December, rioting broke out following a presidential election due to accusations of vote-rigging and cheating. In case you have not seen the news on this, you can catch up here.
We have been heart-broken to hear some of the stories that our Kenyan friends have shared with us:
There is real challenge here now that the post election violence continues. People continue to be killed, their houses burnt, and property destroyed. Several families have run to our home for refuge.
There is a woman who ran to us with 7 month twins. Her husband was hacked to death, her house burnt, she ran with machete cuts on her head. She arrived at our place hungry, with hungry children nearly dying.
BUT, in the midst of this, we also received this report from Dawson Mudenyo who has been involved with house churches for a little over a year:
Hello Brother Roger,
Greetings from Kenya. We are doing great and going strong. I have a testimony to share with you. Yesterday we visited a refugee camp where the displaced are staying. More than 10 families from some house churches we had started shared with us their story. No one was hurt or killed from their house churches. They had learned to live together as family and their fellowship was more of a family worship than congregational worship.
When the skirmishes started, every one thought about protecting the other one in their church family. While other people were planning to come and burn their houses unaware and even kill them, one of them who was from the tribe that planned to attack, came and shared with the others and prepared them for what was about to happen. As a church family they all worked together to ensure that no life or property that belonged to them was damaged. They all escaped unhurt and are now living in one camp and continuing with house church fellowship as before. They say house church taught them how to live together as family. They take care of one another.
To understand the true nature of this miracle one has to understand the tribal tension that underlies the violence. This display of inter-tribal unity among Christians is an exciting triumph of God’s power over evil!