Lectionary Selection: Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Prayers for Kenya:
Creation God, you created Adam and Eve in your image and in perfect health. Yet, we are living in a world where hundreds of thousands die from illnesses that are treatable. We pray for people all over the world who are suffering and cannot afford health care. Amen
Mission Stewardship Moment from Kenya:
The majority of people in Africa, especially those living in informal settlements or rural areas, face many challenges related to health care. Global Ministries partners to address this by providing staffing to Just Communities where I currently serve as Director. When one requires urgent medical care, they typically have to make difficult decisions if they will be treated or just endure the pain. If they opt for treatment, they have to decide where and how to be treated. If a person decides to be taken to a hospital to receive treatment, the journey can be long, and the expense can be much more than their income.
Mary, a resident of an informal settlement in Nairobi, faced this difficult decision when her daughter, Samantha, became ill. Mary took Samantha to several nearby clinics to save money but became worried when the prescribed medicine failed to improve the young girl’s health. Mary finally took her daughter to Kenyatta National Hospital where Samantha was diagnosed with leukemia. Mary had to leave her job to care for Samantha while struggling to make ends meet amidst massive medical bills. Even though Samantha was eventually able to receive care at Kenyatta National Hospital, the treatment comes at a heavy price for a family that lives in extreme poverty.
Thank you for your generous support and prayers, you make this ministry and these programs possible.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Phyllis Byrd)
Mission Partners in Kenya:
- All Africa Conference of Churches
- National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK)
- Presbyterian Church of East Africa
- Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa
- St Paul’s United Theological College
- Organization of African Instituted Churches
More information on Kenya:
Global Ministries Missionary in Kenya:
Phyllis Byrd, a member of Hollis Avenue Congregational, United Church of Christ, Queens Village, New York. She serves as the Director of the “Just Communities” Program at the Organization of African Instituted Churches and Associate Minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
In recognition of the immense contribution of PROCMURA to the cause of peace in society and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in Africa and beyond, PROCMURA was conferred the award of Goodwill Ambassador of the Golden Rule.Read more
After nine months relaxing in the cushioned comfort of his mother’s womb, baby Namoki now spends his days quietly sleeping on the divoted concrete floor in the back of his older brother’s classroom at Lokiding Primary School.
Margaret Mukeshimana epitomizes resiliency. She has lived through hell, yet by the innocence she emanates, you might never guess she ever ventured very far from heaven on earth.Read more
Beatrice, a single mother of five, lives in Katiekera, an area of Kibera. In order to feed her children, Beatrice would wash cloths for a small fee. However, oftentimes there would be little to no need for her services and the lack of income meant she was not able to provide sufficient food for her five young children. In order to have enough to survive, her children would scavenge in dustbins and garbage dumps to find whatever morsels of food others had thrown away.Read more
Head Teacher (Principal) Sasi Kabaka first arrived to take the reigns at Gosese Primary School in Western Kenya back in 2007. At that time, Gosese was a “school” in name only.
As I write this, I can barely see my computer screen. There are two times I have not been able to stop crying since I arrived in Africa six months ago. The first was when I watched Lupita Nyong'o's performance in "12 Years a Slave." The second is right now as I recover from a bout with dehydration while watching "Hotel Rwanda" for the first time, at my hotel in Rwanda, having just met young adults my age whose parents were brutally murdered in the genocide. Two days ago on Sunday, March 2nd, I attempted to watch the film in the actual hotel where it occurred, The Hotel des Mille Collines, but I could only make it halfway though.Read more
It is very difficult for children to receive a good education in rural East Africa. A large percentage of these economically struggling communities lack funding even for basic necessities like decent classrooms, school lunches, and running water. Many teachers who recently graduate from universities in relatively modern cities become discouraged at the thought of having to leave the amenities there for the less developed countryside.
It is very difficult for children to receive a good education in rural East Africa. A large percentage of these economically struggling communities lack funding even for basic necessities like decent classrooms, school lunches, and running water.Read more