For our prayers this week, I’d like to turn your attention to Africa’s second largest slum: Kibera.
For those who have traveled through or spent anytime in Nairobi, Kenya, you likely walked alongside someone who lives in this vast slum community. Furthermore, if you have actually spent time with people where they live, work, and play in Kibera, the experience will not quickly fade. For many years now, LIA-Kenya has been serving to empower local church pastors in this community.
FACT: 62% of the community in Makueni lives below Kenya’s poverty level.
A phrase I continually remarked while traveling through the rural parts of Kenya. It was the contrast of such rich and vibrant colors that stuck with me on our way out to Makueni, Kenya.
The deep blue sky serving as a back drop for the fullest and fluffiest white clouds proved to be almost breath-taking. It was the rich reddish-orange clay that lined the dirt walls, set beneath green grass and bare trees that will paint this landscape in my mind for years to come.
This morning we ask that you would join us, praising the Lord for his strong presence and mighty hand in the Rumbek community in Sudan.
We are beyond thankful and excited for the more recent developments in this great community, as God has remained faithful and has truly answered prayers.
FACT: It is estimated that over 150,000 children live on the streets in Ethiopia.
It can be a humbling moment when realities clash. When you realize that how you have come to understand the world around you may be very different than others. When you see elements of, and comforts in your daily life that are taken for granted, until you realize your projected “norms” are far from even conceptualizing for others.
This is what struck me most while driving through the streets of Nazaret, Ethiopia at dusk.
FACT: Ethiopia has the largest population of orphans in the world: 13% of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children (UNICEF)
It was as if he appeared out of nowhere.
August 7th marked the 10th year anniversary of LIA-Ethiopia!
It is with great joy that we are able to announce this milestone regarding the work in Ethiopia. We are especially grateful for Dr. Yared Mekonnen, LIA-Ethiopia Country Director, and the entire Ethiopia team as they have faithfully served and sacrificed to ensure the success of the ministry in this country. They have remained steadfast in the direction of the Lord and have allowed God to work through the ministry, impacting the “least of these” in the communities throughout Ethiopia over the years.
We ask that you would join us in a prayer of thanksgiving for the growth of LIA-Ethiopia over these last 10 years.
For we have seen economic empowerment in low to no income families.
We have seen street children rise up against the odds creating a sustainable life for themselves off of the streets.
We have seen water and sanitation initiatives improve the quality of life for many households.
We have seen the orphans and widows within the community cared for and loved.
We have seen the church rise up and refuse to stand for the injustices of poverty that plague Ethiopia.
Through God’s mighty direction, we are praying for continued growth and development in the churches and communities we serve in Ethiopia. We ask that you would join us as we continue to pray for the LIA staff, church partners, volunteers, and the people in the communities in Jimma, Addis Ababa, Merkato, Nazaret, and Debre Birhan Ethiopia.
God is moving in Ethiopia and we are so grateful to share just a glimpse of His work with you!
“Kenyans are to vote in a referendum on a new constitution on 4 August – part of an agreement that ended in deadly clashes after disputed elections in December 2007.” BBC.com
Please join us in prayer for the nation of Kenya during the present campaigning and upcoming election. While we have already seen heightened violence directed toward campaigners in early June, we are hopeful for continued peace in this historical time. For information about the proposed constitution and the opponents views, please read an article from BBC.com.
During this time we are praying for the protection of the Kenyan people and a just outcome. Please join us as we ask God for His provision of peace during this time of heightened tension, that no blood will be shed, and divine direction in the voting process.