Every August our churches on the North slopes of Mt. Kenya conduct a month-long Soccer tournament during which thousands of people (literally) are exposed to the Gospel message. The key visionary and organizer of this annual program is Pastor Stephen Ngunjiri of Timau Bible Baptist Church. This annual outreach has brought hundreds to Christ, and led directly to new churches being planted in the Mt. Kenya region.
I was deeply touched when Pastor Stephen came to me with a new vision for this year’s tournament – to take the program far out into the Northern Frontier of Kenya, where there is ongoing tribal and religious conflicts. Hundreds have been killed, and a shroud of fear and suspicion covers much of this vast region of Kenya.
Pastor Stephen’s own son, Anthony, will be the key man on the ground. He just finished University, and has been posted to the bush, in a region of conflict between Pokot and Turkana tribes. God has burdened his heart for the youth in this area. I have a great admiration for this young man — as well as his father, Pastor Stephen, and their whole church, which has gotten behind this outreach!
Please pray for this endeavour to bring reconciliation between ethnic groups. Of course, true reconciliation can be accomplished only when sinners submit to reconciliation with a holy God! (2 Cor. 5:17-21). This is the heart of the Good News which Pastor Stephen and his team are taking to this war-torn area! We’ve seen this approach work in other areas, and we pray that God’s Spirit will use these couageous men and women to bring peace with God and with men to this troubled region during this next few weeks!