Three years of poor rains have triggered a national disaster in Kenya, with 2.6 million people hungry, critical rates of child malnutrition and devastating livestock deaths, according to a report recently published in Reuters. It's hard to hear a story like that, but it's even harder to hear first-hand accounts of and see the faces of children whose lives are devastated by such tragedy. The Bethel Children's Centre is doing what it can to help in this desperate time. This year, Bethel has taken in nine more children, the most it ever has taken in at one time. Four of those children lost their parents recently due to hunger-related complications. The other five are from a "poor" orphanage in the Rift Valley where the two caretakers' normal struggle to care for the seventy plus children in their care has been rendered many times worse by the recent scarcity of water, and consequently, food. Pray for thanks that all nine of these children are now safe and happy in the care of the Bethel Children's Centre. The photos of three of them are shown below, from left to right: Masinto, Musa and Joshua.) Pray also for rain in Kenya. And, pray that our hearts will be opened and we will be given wisdom as to how we in the Western world can help our Kenyan brothers and sisters in this time of crisis.
The Jericho Road
This is the blog of Huruma International Ministries. Huruma seeks to fulfill our calling to "go and do likewise" as instructed by Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The lesson of the Good Samaritan is not about achieving spiritual success through our own efforts. No, what we learn is that we are to give mercy, because we have been given mercy. We are all poor and needy. We are all travelers on the Jericho Road