Friday, May 9
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Older Adult Week
Kibera is one of the largest slums in the world, where drug abuse, prostitution, illiteracy, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, crime, and poor sanitation are prevalent. The majority of the people are young. Christianity and Islam are the dominant religions.
Kibera was one of the areas worst hit by violence following the 2007 election in Kenya. Many people were killed, and properties were destroyed, including churches. One of the churches that was burned down was Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. The minister’s manse and Women’s Guild properties were stolen. A section of the church compound was grabbed and a mosque erected on the site despite the church holding the title deed.
As a young adult in the church, I have taken up the challenge to help restore peace, harmony, and trust and to bring about reconciliation among the Kibera residents. To achieve this, we preach the message of love, forgiveness, peace, and reconciliation among all the people and have initiated programs of compassion. It targets more than 600 children and is helping to solve the drug-abuse problem in an area where 95 percent of the children are from the slums and 5 percent are from the church.
Other components of the program include testing and counseling persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and offering training in catering, business, and fabric design. We have also built a community biotoilet that promotes sanitation and provides energy by generating cooking gas.
—Joseph Mburu Ng’ang’, student of mission coworker Rev. Brenda Harcourt
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA): Rev. Phyllis Byrd, YAV site coordinator/director, Just Communities, Rev. Brenda Harcourt, leadership development and lecturer in theology at the Presbyterian University of East Africa • International Leadership University (ILU): Rev. Dr. Marta Bennett, professor, deputy vice chancellor for academic affairs
Presbyterian Church of East Africa: Rt. Rev. David Gathanju, moderator, Rev. Festus K. Gitonga, general secretary, Rev. Patrick Thegu Mutahi, deputy general secretary, Mr. James Nguri, finance officer • National Council of Churches of Kenya: Canon Peter Karanje, general secretary • Daystar University: Timothy Wachira, vice chancellor • International Leadership University: Prof. Eric Aseka, vice chancellor, Prof. Rev. John Mugania, academic dean • Presbyterian University of East Africa: Prof. Paul Mbugua, vice chancellor, Prof. Charity W. Gicuki, deputy vice chancellor • St. Paul’s University: Rev. Canon Professor Joseph Galgalo, vice chancellor
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Wendy Handler, PMA
Rev. Chip Hardwick, PMA
Let us pray
Loving God, we pray for the people of Kibera and all those who find themselves in desperate situations. May your love prevail as they try to be faithful to you in difficult times—filling them with hope to persevere. Amen.