"Here in Madison Wisconsin it seems like winter will never end - the snow just keeps on coming! It has occured to me that this is how our brothers and sisters in Kenya feel about what has been happening to them. Numbers are far from accurate, but we hear of more than 1,000 killed, 300,000 forced to flee their homes, thousands of houses and shops burned across the country. Even though there is now a settlement in the works that is supposed to bring in a coalition government, it will be years - years! - before this beautiful land is itself again. We don't think much about "environment" in a crisis like this, but we should: Land issues and the pressures of population and poverty all contributed to the pent-up hostilities that exploded during this time, and God's creation will suffer yet again as poor people scramble to rebuild by cutting more trees from forests already devastated and depleted, leading to still more poverty and suffering as the environment on which they depend for survival collapses under them. Thousands of people who are out of work, because of forced displacement or because their industries have collapsed will be even deeper in poverty than they were before. These are not happy days for this once-happy country.
"We thank God that our staff, both local and expat, are safe after some tense days. Now that stability has returned normal project activities are starting to pick up again. Craig and his assistant Francis are trying to get 30,000 trees into the ground by Easter, and with it a message about God's vision for his people and his creation in Kenya. New Kenyan staff are in the process of being added to increase our administrative capacity and to allow Craig and Francis to continue their outreach efforts to Promote God's Vision, Plant God's Trees and to teach people how to Farm God's Way.
Amen, Ed, we will be standing in prayer with you and the team!