Kenya is in a sea of uncharted waters, and there could be a storm ahead. The current is not calm. Demonstrations are becoming more frequent and more violent. Just today while we were downtown in Nairobi, we could hear the explosion of tear gas and then the iconic scene of people screaming and scampering away from whatever the danger could be. In a western Kenya town, three persons were killed by police during protests today.
Raila Odinga (the candidate who won the court case to nullify the August presidential elections) has withdrawn from the re-run scheduled for October 26. Lawyers and Parliament and the Electoral Commission are all arguing about what that means, and the Supreme Court is yet to tell us. The most likely answer is that Kenya will have to have yet another fresh election within 90 days. It seems that no one is sure what is happening (though many are trying to sound definitive in their prognosis) and no one is happy about the way things are or are not going. Sigh.
We are rejoicing, however, to be in this nation at such a time as this. A lot is at stake (lives, the rise or fall of democracy in Africa, the economy, Kenya’s future). We are honored to be here to pray–to ask for God’s sovereign hand to be in charge of what feels like a soap opera that has a new twist in every episode.
Thank you for standing with us in faith that peace and God’s purposes will prevail in Kenya.