On Kenya’s darkest Thursday, 147 bright young men and women had their lives stolen in cruel fashion. It’s 8 days since. Each day dragging on for months – months of pain, rage and an unending nightmare that can never be eloquently expressed.
Yet it feels like yesterday.
Gunmen stormed into a Christian Union group gathered at Garissa University for early morning prayers, shooting them, and then proceeded to murder students in the University’s dormitories. They even forced some to phone their parents goodbye before ending their lives.
Isaac Bushen Kosgei was one whose lives was cut short. Reports say he loved his music. “He always wore his headphones, even when asleep. He loved country music and it is likely that he did not hear the gunshots. He died, probably with music playing.”
He and his roommates often discussed their plans, with Mr. Kosgei saying he would join the music industry while the rest planned to teach Geography and Business Studies after graduating.
Really, our hearts are heavy with grief. Every one of the students is a precious life in God’s eyes. Please pray for their families and for the injured victims – who just days ago could walk, but now have to use wheel chairs.
Pray for peace, safety, and protection over this beautiful country.
It will interest you because transitions are part of your life and mine, each day.
There is a call to move to the other side for a new experience
Transitions are difficult
Storms in life lead to a deeper understanding of Christ
“God is calling us to make adjustments not for ourselves but for Him. He will be with us, and we’ll come out stronger on the other side,” said Africa Regional Director, Peter Macharia, while giving the message.
“When we fix our eyes on Christ and not on the storm, we are able to handle it,” he said.
Praying for Partners
As the day closed, we felt convicted to pray for the churches that have stood with us.
We clasped our hands on top of tiny pieces of paper, each with a name of a church partner and prayed. Individual members of staff then picked one piece each, at random for a church they will be praying for.
We feel perhaps, that the best way to thank these churches is to pray for them and use the resources they have bestowed on us as intended.
We’re grateful to each of our partners. We pray that God may refresh you, heal and provide for you. Thank you for providing tools that empower thousands of our beneficiary partners in Kenya, Chad, Uganda, South Sudan and Somaliland to lead full and productive lives!
Of how Kenyans, and the world helplessly watched, clueless as to what exactly was going on inside the mall; a swing of relief each time a message of hope came, then another pendulum swing into gloom and tension as the hope faded. We remember the country was paralyzed for days.
The photo above and minimal words would probably have been ideal to commemorate this day, but leafing through ordeals published on Kenya’s dailies today, some accounts beg to be written, especially remarks from parents of Former Bidco Sales & Marketing Director, 38 year old Mitul Shah.
He was the best son any parent could have asked for. He was the life and strength of this family, the glue that held everything together. With my son by my side I had the motivation for life, I could take risks even with my business because I knew that he had my back. Now, I am much weaker and take no joy in anything – Amu Shah (Father)
We know it is a year since Mitul died, and we know we are supposed to feel better, but to us he might as well have died yesterday because the wound is as raw as the day we found out about his death. No pain compares to that of losing a child – Sudha Shah (Mother)
Even deeper scars from families of the 67 lives lost in this ordeal live on, and today, as more chilling stories emerge, we grieve with families, friends who lost loved ones, and the tens of survivors who remain maimed for life. May God comfort and give you strength.