Please remember to keep our Kenyan ministry partners and their communities in your prayers. The situation there is truly dire.
A severe drought is sweeping across the eastern African nation, crippling its agriculture-based economy and leaving entire villages without water. The United Nations World Food Program estimates that nearly four million Kenyans are in urgent need of food right now. The water shortage has also intensified local ethnic conflicts as various tribes compete for bits of land that haven’t yet turned to dust.
The bottom line: people are dying, and relief just isn’t coming in fast enough.
Rain is not expected to return until October. But when the rain comes, it will hit hard, and the Kenyans will have a new problem to worry about – floods – thanks to a forecasted El Nino weather pattern.
Cross Catholic has several ongoing projects in Kenya. One of our commitments is to cover education costs for poor children to attend Catholic schools, such as St. Joseph Freinademetz Primary School in Ruai, about 30 miles from the center of Nairobi. We also provide care for chronically ill patients suffering from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, through the Riara Health Project.
The priests, nuns, and other dedicated workers involved in these important outreaches need our prayers to help them through this difficult time. We believe God can take evil circumstances, no matter how bad, and use them for his good purposes. May this crisis become opportunity for the poor to receive Christ’s love!