Bible college classes delayed due to violence in Kenya

By January 10, 2008

Kenya (MNN) — Association of Baptists for World Evangelism's missionary team in Kenya has decided it is not safe enough yet to commence classes next week at their Bible college. 

The situation is hard for students to grasp, especially in light of their most recent studies in Christian ethics. Many of them have neighbors who have lost everything during the violence, and one student witnessed a murder. 

Missionaries Gary and Mary Strange have been taking care of friends and neighbors as the need arises. One friend they're caring for is Mourice, who moved to Nairobi for work to support his family living in the country. The Chinese restaurant he was working at closed, like most other businesses. The Strange's provided for Mourice who cannot get his paycheck until the restaurant reopens. Mourice came to the Strange's for shelter when the area he was staying in became increasingly dangerous. He was the only person from the Luo tribe in a place where everyone else was from the Kikuyu tribe. 

Another man named Patrick came to the Strange's when his house was burned down. Patrick, his wife and three children are now homeless. Although they own a shop where they make maandazi–a type of donut, they are unable to find out if the shop is still standing. 

Though the Stranges said the protests are dying down, the chaos has given troublemakers a reason to loot and murder. The tribal undercurrent of Kenya usually moves along peacefully.  However, with politics involved, the spark has been lit for people to bring up old wounds with other tribes.

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