I know some of you are wondering about the areas that were being raided. There are still many problems. Please continue to pray for those who are afraid to go home. My teammate, Gene Morden, has written an update that I am copying here. Once you read it, please take it to the Throne of Grace and ask for mercy and hope to be granted to your Turkana brothers and sisters who are afraid and without a home.
Grace, Mercy and Peace in the name of Christ.
Dear fellow prayer warriors we pray that a small amount of peace will return to the people who used to live along the Kerio River soon. A delegation went to see the DC, District Commissioner, (he is like the governor and head of security for the district) to ask for police help in fighting against the bandits. They told him all the people (about 6000) had been displaced and living in the mostly open desert areas under the few small trees in the area. Many of them have lost some or all of their animals to the raiders. The people are drinking dirty water as they are afraid to go to the clean water pumps at the Kerio River. The schools are closed and children are missing education. The raiders make regular visits to villages at night and are eating the food from the irrigated farms during the day. People are living in fear, often sleeping in trees. The DC told them since it is Turkana bandits attacking Turkana the people would need to handle it themselves. Since the DC ordered everyone to turn in their guns about 3 months ago, very few people have rifles. Those who have been designated home guards have guns and a few hid their rifles in the sand. They are now on patrols and have had running battles with the raiders twice.
We have sent bags of corn to the area twice to try and relieve some of the hardship.
On Saturday, Michael Lopunga confronted (he said argued with) the councilor for the Kerio River area about needing help. Michael told him about the fishermen killed on Lake Turkana as they came ashore last week. The raiders took all their fish and the supplies of food they had brought. The councilor finally called someone and said they would send a post of police to Kangirisae if CMF would allow them to use the house there as a temporary base of operation. The team agreed that was an excellent idea. The councilor then said he needed fuel and a truck to carry the police there as the DC had grounded all his vehicles from going to that area. We agreed for the second time to provide fuel to carry the help to the people. We are praying the police force will make a difference and people can return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.
Please pray for the raiders to be caught and peace to return.
Thanks and God bless you all,
Thanks and God bless you all,
Thanks for your prayers! This week I have a fellow CMF missionary staying with me and teaching at our Turkana Bible Training Institute. He will be teaching two classes this week and into next week. Pray that the classes go well. These are the last classes for this class before graduation. So, pray their minds are opened and they are encouraged in the ministry they are doing among their people. Have a great week!