Thursday, February 28, 2008
"Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed an agreement on Thursday after talks on power-sharing to end a post-election crisis.
In a televised ceremony, the two political rivals inked an deal hammered out under the mediation of former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who had earlier said the two sides had reached agreement on the terms of a coalition government." (Reuters)
Finally....great news!!! Raila Odinga will now be the Executive Prime Minister of Kenya. Power sharing. There is still obvious work to be done and lots of clean up to tend to. But with the leaders striking a deal, things look much better!
And just in time! When the opposition threatened new protests to begin this week if a deal was not met, I was a little nervous about leaving on Friday. This was a much better solution than more protests and a restart of rioting!
Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray for the country of Kenya. I also appreciate your prayers for me as I travel to Kenya and begin ministry there. Exciting times!!
FYI...I leave tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and will arrive in Nairobi on Sunday, 8:20am Kenyan time, Saturday 11:20pm CST.
**on a side-note...I'm watching/listening to KTN (Kenyan news station) as I write this. Each of the leaders have spoken, and now the press conference is ending in prayer!! Yes, prayer. Televised! And, yes, a prayer to "Jesus, our Lord."
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
I will be going to Midland one more time before I leave. I think I've had about a hundred "last" times - last trip home, last time to see the family, last day at church, last episode of Lost (but now, I still have two more!!!), last dinner with the girls, last visit to PPCD... Even a going-away party - almost two months ago!!
But, Lord willing, I will leave on Feb 29th!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Isn't that a great feeling? How wonderful to be loved so unconditionally and sacrificially by the One who gave His life for me. You know that "love you so much my heart could burst" feeling? And to think that my Lord and Savior could love me even more that that. Simply amazing.
I hope you can take a few minutes today to sit and rest and bask in the truly amazing, overwhelming and completely fulfilling love of God; that love that He longs to lavish on you!!
He tells me - ME (and you)..."I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness." (Jeremaiah 31:3)
"The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)
"God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) ...the biggest blessing of all!! The most sacrificial love of all.
So I say to Him...
"How priceless is Your unfailing love." (Psalm 36:7)
"Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You." (Psalm 63:3)
"For great is your love towards me." (Psalm 86:13)
Happy Valentine's Day! May you be blessed by the greatest Love of all today.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This is Carrot (with Kenan). She's my sister-in-law. She's tough, too, by the way.
Carrot called my mom today and told her Kenan was in the emergency room.
Kenan's finger got ripped off. He got it caught in a rope. His finger stuck in his glove when he pulled his hand out. Had to put it back on to get it back. Gross!! Needless to say, his finger is broken, too. My mom tried to send me pictures of it all, but I didn't get them on my phone.
Please pray for him. His work kind of depends on his ability to ride, rope, work with his hands in a ga-jillion ways. But, he's tough. :-)
Monday, February 11, 2008
Things are not perfect there. They are not completely back to normal. Friends and family wonder why I would still go, why I would not wait for a certainty of calmness and for all strife and fighting in Kenya to cease before I leave. I can't. I feel compelled to go. (By the way, I have been talking to friends there. I'm not going blindly into harm's way. I feel comfortable with the safety of my decision, based on the specific place I am going and what I will most likely be doing.) But, it is a step of faith. There are no guarantees. But there are no guarantees here, either.
Anyway...taken from today's Streams in the Desert:
When God was speaking to the Isrealites, He told them to "...set foot in the Jordan, its waters...will be cut off." (Joshua 3:13) They were to "walk by faith" and step into the waters, not stand and wait for the waters to be cut off before moving.
"We must learn to take God at His word and walk straight ahead in obedience, even when we can see no way to go forward. The reason we are so sidetracked by difficulties is that we expect to see barriers removed before we even try to step through them.
If we would only move straight ahead in faith, the path would be opened for us. But we stand still, waiting for the obstacle to be removed, when we ought to go forward as if there were no obstacles at all." (February 11, Streams in the Desert)
Monday, February 4, 2008
An internally displaced child is shown a religious image on a puzzle cube during a singing and praying session at the Nairobi show ground, where some 1,000 people are seeking shelter, in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008.
With 300,000 Kenyans now displaced, thousands are living in temporary refugee-type camps. With nothing to do, nowhere to go, they are hungry for anything. Their hunger for hope is as real as their hunger for food. I pray that pictures like these are being lived out all over Kenya. May God use this opportunity to show Himself to His children.
And keeping with "Murray Christmas" tradition...another cup to add to the collection!
Mark & Rebecca came in for the occasion! So great to see them!
Friday, February 1, 2008
A truck transporting displaced Kenyans fleeing the city drives out of the town of Nakuru, Kenya, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. Gunfire erupted in the town and young men vowed revenge as the death toll from two days of bloodshed in western Kenya's main town reached at least 25, including 16 charred bodies unloaded at the morgue from the back of a truck.
Internally displaced children from the Luo tribe, displaced by post election violence, line up to receive food from aid organizations at the Limuru police station in Limuru, near Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday Jan. 31, 2008.
Displaced Kenyan children receive food from an aid group inside the International Trade Fair at Jamhuri Park where many displaced Kenyans have been living in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008. Some displaced people who had been living in the park have returned to their homes but many others remain, fearing attacks if they return to their neighborhoods.