February 28, 2008, was an important day in Kenya’s history! President Mwai Kibaki and Mr. Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing deal, thus ending two months of violence which erupted following the announcement of the presidential election results on December 30, 2007. The unrest caused the deaths of nearly 1,200 Kenyans and displaced approximately 350,000 people in their own country.
On Tuesday of this week, twenty days after the deal was signed, the Kenya Parliament passed two crucial bills that were drawn to keep in step with the power-sharing agreement. It is an historical event that has brought about a new governance structure for Kenya.
For the first time since Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963, the country now has a President, a Vice President, a Prime Minister, and two deputy Prime Ministers. This formation of a grand coalition government will work toward fostering national unity and reconciling warring parties, hopefully healing past wounds. However, most Kenyans are yet to realize the results of this “celebration” (Read my Dad’s blog, http://tfhomes.blogspot.com/, to find out what is happening at the grassroots level).
Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
This is a time for us to thank God for answering our prayers. On January 30, 2008, I sent out a prayer letter asking you to pray for Kenya. Now that our prayers are being answered, I wanted to write and thank you so much that there is peace in my home country. It is calmer and safer today than it was just a few weeks ago. Please continue to the pray for the new government as it aims for peace and seeks to resettle those that lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods.
The fact that you stood with my fellow Kenyans and me during the difficult time, all the while praying for us everyday, touches the heart of God. It touches mine, too. Now rejoice with us this Easter as we celebrate the PEACE that Jesus came to bring to mankind. He took away the enmity that existed between God and man when He died for our sins. May the peace of Jesus reign in each of us richly; and may it be extended to our neighbors, our neighboring countries, and to anyone who needs it, through us!
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!
Forever Grateful for the Cross,