Our partner in eastern Kenya has completed their second food distribution in the regions of Dadaab and Wajir, bringing much-needed relief to many Somali refugees. Many were touched by your gifts.
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In an interview yesterday, Pastor Musa shared his deep appreciation for your support and prayers for families affected by the famine in Kenya. He is so thankful for how you have helped his ministry, Mchungaji Kundi Moja, reach the Muslim communities where MKM has been serving for more than 20 years. Here is an update from Pastor Musa on the severity of the ongoing famine.
“On a recent visit to one town, our relief team reported the visible effects of the drought. Everywhere there were dead animals on the side of the road and plants and trees without a single green leaf. The water table is dropping and they are on the verge of disaster if the water dries up. It is only a matter of time before this area will look like Somalia. Unless we take action now to get more water to the people, many more lives will be lost.
“This town, with a population of nearly 50,000, is littered with wells, yet at the moment only a few still reach the water table. The chief of a nearby village showed us a well that cannot be used because animals have gotten sick and died after drinking water from it. This may be from contamination or because of an increased salt content as the amount of water decreases.
“The death of his more than 800 cows has left Ahmed, 55, a devastated man. In just two months, his entire herd was swept away by drought as he watched helplessly. Ahmed is among the hundreds of former livestock owners now roaming the streets after fleeing their villages.
“'The drought is getting worse by the day and it is becoming a great concern for the government,’ said one local administrator. ‘We are doing everything at our disposal and we urge the international community and well wishers to step in and help starving families,’ he said. He added that the last dam holding water in the district is expected to dry up this week.”
In every place they have distributed food, Pastor Musa has seen more people show up desperate for food than their team had anticipated. MKM is planning another major distribution on September 1 and currently their team is meeting with community leaders, assessing needs, and collecting relief supplies.
Please continue to pray for God to meet the needs of the people and for Pastor Musa and his team as they minister in this very difficult situation. Gifts for famine relief packs are still needed.
Our team in East Asia recently shared this wonderful story, highlighting the compassion of Chinese believers in the wake of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
“I am visiting one of our ministry partners these couple of days to teach them about community development. Before the conference began, I had the opportunity to talk with Brother F, one of the local leaders. We talked about the devastation in Japan and looked at some of the photos of the damage. I didn’t expect his ministry to do anything, because they are struggling to meet their own needs. Also, this region used to be occupied by the Japanese army during WWII. There were brutal guerrilla battles for years in this mountainous region. Hundreds of thousands of people died in those battles. The Japanese army burned hundreds of villages. To my surprise, Brother F and his coworkers raised more than $6,000 to support believers in Japan in their earthquake relief and development program.
“I asked Brother F how it happened. He said it was to his surprise, too! In the beginning, none of his coworkers in the ministry expected to raise much either. They were concerned that the memories of the war would stifle the Chinese believers' compassion for the Japanase survivors. However, as they shared with Chinese churches about the needs in Japan, they emphasized that we Christians must act differently in comparison to the world and not allow hatred to overshadow sympathy. “It’s our time to help them,” Brother F said. “Maybe one day we will be in the same situation and need their help. This is a lesson to us as leaders, too.”
Praise God for how His love overcomes all.