Turkana is always a very dry area. We don't get much rain, but we haven't gotten good rain for a couple of years now. If you have been watching the news, you have heard about the worst drought in 60 years in Somalia. A lot of attention is being given to those who are traveling long distances to reach help in Kenya. Even so, Kenya's northern region itself is part of that same drought. Turkana is also part of that region. The above link is to a news report from a Kenyan TV station aired a couple of days ago.
I have been getting a lot of requests lately for food. I know it is the normal drought time, so I expected this. However, there are so many more requests than normal. I am currently in Nairobi for some meetings and not at home. We are getting some dismal reports from the people who work with my teammates, Gene and Melba Morden. This is from a prayer request that Gene sent out last night.
"John Kibet said two people died in Nakurio from starvation yesterday while a news crew was gathering information. John also said he saw starving people in Kangirisae this week when he was there. (Two areas where CMF works) There have been three nights of news on the starving people of Turkana. Stories such as mothers boiling rocks and continuing to add water and telling their children it is not done yet until the children finally fall asleep. Some said they would begin eating the dying soon. A group of CEO's formed a fund to assist with relief food and Kenyan's donated 20 MM Ksh in the first 48 hours. Several people we talked to said they are appalled. Our CMF bank manager and our personal rep are planning a trip to see it first hand and help out. So pray for Turkana and wisdom in dealing with the situation."
I am requesting that everyone who reads this will pray seriously for the hungry and even dying people of Turkana. Please also pray for me and my CMF teammates as we seek wisdom in trying to figure out how we can help. If you want to help with money, please send funds to CMF account #712000 (Kenya famine relief) through the mailing address (P.O. Box 501020, Indpls., IN 46250) or give online at
Please change the missionary/project name found in the personal information section to say #712000 Kenya famine relief.
I don't usually ask for money on this blog. I just cannot sit by and watch the people around me die from hunger when I know that my friends at home and even I, myself, take food for granted. So, I am asking for help. I will return to Turkana on August 15th from my meetings. I pray that God will work mightily through you and me to help his Turkana children.