Famine Update

15 Sep 2002

Our faithful Maasai pastor, Daniel Kalasinga, came in from the bush yesterday. He brought his wife, Mariamu, to the hospital for surgery. During our conversation he told about the pockets of famine which are emerging again in his district. Three centers where we have churches are particularly hard hit.

I truly love this dear old pastor, who has been faithfully preaching the Gospel in Maasailand for over 20 years. He has ten children, and it is his dream to have them all serving in God’s work. His first-born has graduated from our Bible Institute and is helping start a new church in our Provincial capital city.

Pastor Kalasinga doesn’t say very much – but “when he talks, people listen!” As he quietly told me about the emerging famine, my heart was gripped.

I rang the District Commissioner immediately to see if the government had plans for sending famine relief food to this stricken area. “We have scheduled a meeting for October 3rd to discuss the matter,” I was told. Knowing how slow the wheels of bureaucracy move, I realized that it will be two months, minimum, before the government rises to the the need.

I couldn’t resist Kalasinga’s plea for his people, and the souls of the unsaved in these three areas. Many souls have been saved in past Famine Relief outreaches. So, it really is an opportunity to reach the unsaved. We calculated the minimum amount necessary to provide very bare sustenance for the these communities for a month – 24,000 Shillings (About $310). All I had available was 18,000 ($230) – I wished I had more, but I knew even this small amount was taxing my resources. Even so, I gladly gave him that amount, knowing that he and his other pastors will use this food as a tool for evangelism as well as relieving the suffering of our believers.

We’re praying that: First, that souls will be saved, and believers will be encouraged; Secondly, that the government will act quickly; and Thirdly, that the expected rains in mid-October will be sufficient to revive the grass so that no additional animals will be lost.

May God bless you all for your concern as you join in praying with us.

Praying for Food

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