Most of what you’ve recently heard about Kenya has been tragic. It has been two weeks since the attacks at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. At least 67 people were killed and 18 remain missing. While the attack was not exclusively carried out against Christians, it is reported that several victims were killed due to their Christian faith.
When I heard news of this break out, I immediately thought of one of our own – a missionary from Mercy Hill who is living in Kenya on a two-year term. I wondered about her safety. I wondered if this would cast fear over her work. I wondered… and because I didn’t know, I prayed for her.
Then I received an email from her. She had not been near the attacks. Nevertheless, she is still a missionary in a land of recent hostility. But there was no hint of fear in her words. Only compassion. Compassion for the traumatized survivors. Compassion for the victims’ families. Even compassion for those deceived by lies that they would repent and believe the gospel.
This reminded me of Paul’s words to Timothy when he wrote, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). Indeed, God gave us His Spirit for the very purpose of spreading the gospel among all peoples (cf. Acts 1:8), and it is on the basis of Christ’s superior authority that he sends us (cf. Matthew 28:18-20).
How encouraging to hear the promises of Scripture lived out in the real life of one of our missionaries! May God’s Spirit continue to give us compassion for the nations and embolden us to live our lives directing others to Jesus.
She also shared many other encouraging things about God’s recent activity in Kenya that I hope you’ll read about on this blog.