Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Many Tears in Nairobi
Dear beloved: Thank you warriors so much for the prayers. My heart is very heavy today as many of you have heard the news about the terrorist attack here in Nairobi. Al Queda terrorists, some from the USA, took over a shopping mall not far from where I am staying and have killed many, and many more are wounded. At least 69 dead and possibly many more, the attack is still ongoing and God only knows how these people have suffered because of this. Israeli commandoes and FBI agents are also on the scene to assist the Kenya special police forces . It is a bloodbath, the greatest in Kenya since the American Embassy was bombed in 1998, and shows once again the true colors of these islamic devils, and what their true intentions and motives are.
The sad news is that one of the dead is the closest friend of one of our Kenyan campers who came to Kansas this past summer, and she is very devastated as you can imagine. Her friend was 6 months pregnant, and was a popular radio show host here in Nairobi. So please keep her lifted up especially in your prayers, along with the families of all the other victims.
Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears will reap in joy. v6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Yesterday we sowed many tears in the church service, we alternately cried and praised the Lord. But we bear the precious seed, the seed of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. I didn't know if I would have the strength to preach because my own heart was so downcast, but the Lord gave me the grace to give the students a message of encouragement. The service was especially long, going from 9am until after 3pm, as many wanted to pray and sing their praise songs to the Lord. At times like this, it is only Jesus that can be of any help. All the Choirs here in Kenya sing a song that took on special meaning yesterday, " Niwewe, Niwewe tu Bwana", It is You, it is only You, Lord!
Friday night's mega keesha, an all night prayer and worship vigil that began at 8 pm ended at 5 am, was given to a packed hall of students from 10 colleges in the area. Then after catching a few hours of sleep, we went out to Daystar University one hour east of Nairobi, where I spoke to a group of leaders from all the campus ministries. So it has been a very productive weekend. The devil knows full well the Kingdom of God is moving forward here in Kenya, that is the reason for the thrust of violence and the spilling of the blood of the innocents at the mall. Pray for the muslims of Kenya and all over the world, that the Lord would reveal Himself to them, and they would come to know the true meaning of salvation, peace, and liberty. Pray also that the situation at the Westgate Mall here will come to a quick resolution as there are still many hostages being held inside. Today I will be meeting with the student leaders to evaluate and give them an apprecitation dinner, so pray that God will protect us as we move about Nairobi and seek His will for the future. Thank you again, God bless you, in Christ, Jim