One word could describe what many Kenyans seem to be thinking about lately: security. This past Saturday I was at a neighborhood meeting. The subject was security. The meeting came in response to increased attacks, robberies and even murders in our neighborhood. Many are in a state of panic.
This week we are holding a Disaster Response and Security training in Mombasa. Just a few weeks ago, Mombasa was the venue for another gathering that was discussing Jihad and how to unleash terror. So I was not really surprised with the large turnout of nearly 200 trainees: bishops, pastors and church members alike who are mindful about their personal security and that of their communities.
I must admit I am very encouraged.
Encouraged, because quite often people just feel hopeless in the face of a disaster. They believe that there is nothing they can do except pray and wait for help to come. But that is changing as we gain more awareness and build more capacity.
I believe that if enough of us become aware of our surroundings and learn what we can do to prevent or respond to a disaster, God will use us. We might actually be in a position to save lives. In fact, one of the participants in last year’s training was involved in triage, counseling and transportation of victims after the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall last September. If we can be willing to consider possibilities that we usually do not want to think about, be vigilant and develop safety habits, it will go a long way to secure our neighborhoods and by extension our nations.
Definitely our ultimate security is in Christ! We are sheltered in the shadow of His wings. As the world becomes more insecure and terrorism is on the rise, God expects us to pray, even pray “without ceasing.” But he also wants us to be relevant in this world. We must be alert, vigilant, and ready to take action when the need arises.