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Kenya: Pray for Christian witness in Nairobi

23 September 2013

The church in Nairobi has an opportunity to 'reveal the character of Christ' in the aftermath of the attack on the Westgate shopping centre that started on Saturday, says an Open Doors worker who is closely involved with operations in Kenya.

Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by a Somali based al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab militant group. At least 62 people have been reported dead so far, and at least 175 injured, with over 1000 shoppers led to safety.

A very prominent Christian presence

Open Doors staff reported on Sunday that the situation across the capital and the country remained tense but said that, "there is a very prominent Christian presence in Nairobi and we pray that the church will have the opportunity and the courage to reveal the character of Christ in the midst of these circumstances. We pray that what the attackers meant for evil, God will use for good."

Kenya is number 40 on the Open Doors World Watch List which ranks the 50 countries where faith costs the most. Islamic extremism is an important source of hostility against Christians in Kenya. The high level of violence against Christians or churches is remarkable and much of it has to do with al-Shabaab or al-Shabaab-inspired extremist groups. "There is a real Islamist drive to get Kenya under the African 'House of Islam', like Tanzania and Uganda," the World Watch List explains.

The Open Doors worker said, "We ask supporters around the world to join us in praying for Kenya as the country comes to terms with this horrific attack."

Source: Open Doors

Please pray:

  • Pray for a safe release of the hostages and restored security for the entire region
  • Pray for comfort for the bereaved and healing for the injured
  • Pray that Christians will have the grace to respond to this incident with the love of Christ.

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