By George Ochieng I had an opportunity to watch this movie last month, with themes cutting across leadership, kingdoms, betrayal, unexploited potential, cultural diversity, and more. They have this special mineral called Vibranium that everyone covets and are fighting over because of its diverse abilities. According to the movie, it is believed that the mineral was deposited on Earth 10,000 years ago by a meteorite. The metal is capable of absorbing waves and other vibrations thus it is used to make things like armor and weapons.
Amos 5:24: Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream. by Allison Schlack For all fourteen and a half years I’ve been in Kenya, one thing has always been certain: corruption. Corruption in a very upfront form is a part of life, and honestly, there is often a feeling that anything is possible for the right price. We’ve watched and experienced this sort of corruption in everything from getting jobs and processing paperwork, to bribery at hospitals and airports, to counting votes in national elections.
Elections in Kenya aren’t quite like elections in the U.S., though we’ve been known to have our chaos here in the States too. Kenya, which is home to over 60 different tribes with their own culture, heritage, and language, often votes for political party alliances that primarily seem to represent tribes rather than issues. Ten years ago, the last time there was a challenger running against an incumbent, claims of voter fraud and governmental rigging sent the country into vicious tribal warfare, and over 1000 people nationwide died in the violence until the challenger was given a ceremonial government post.
Frank is one of our college students who has overcome so much and risen above struggle to press on and reach his goals. You may remember us talking about him in our blog entitled Beautiful Redemption. Below is a sweet update on his life from our Executive Director. One Sunday morning, as I headed for church, I passed Frank, an Ndoto college student, and a friend walking. I stopped and chatted with them, and Frank said they were on the way to the hospital, as his wife was about to give birth at any moment.
My name is Barbara, and I would like to share my experience sponsoring a student with Ndoto. The first time my daughter, Ashley, went to Kenya on a mission trip with Prince of Peace in 2006, I was less than excited. As a mother, I was very worried about her safety and well-being, but nonetheless she went. To hear the stories from that trip and the many others she participated in was contagious.