The horrible news of the attack at Garissa University College in neighbouring Kenya came shortly after we, as a family, attended Good Friday services this morning.
The al-Shabab attack that killed at least 147, not far from the Somalian border, was in an area known for its instability, at a relatively small and certainly vulnerable university that was – as one survivor pointed out with trembling voice to the BBC – secured by as few as two security officers.
It’s a reminder that life can be short for anyone, a vapour that is here this moment and gone the next, even as more people and places around the world are struggling with how to be more vigilant in the midst of these sorts of terror and security concerns.
Dr. Jean and I would like to take this moment to say thank you to those who think about our family, and those who pray for us also. We know many of you do, especially for the children.
Some of you know that the bigger ongoing threats in East Africa are the driving and diseases and lack of emergency care if something were ever to go wrong during the routine of daily life.
Even so, we thank you for your ongoing interest in our welfare while we continue with our work.
6 thoughts on “Dark news on Good Friday”
Tom and Jean, I very much admire you and your work in a place where there is so much need. I recognize too, that it takes courage and a real trust in God to go with your family into the middle of so much possibility for conflict and danger. I do want to pledge my prayers for you, and encourage you to keep trusting.
Thomas, you and your family have my prayers. It must be particularly hard, given what’s going on these days in your part of the world, to be a parent right now. May God bless and keep you all.
I will pray too
Thank you Ruth. Yes, trust.
Paula, thanks for the note. Your prayers are so much appreciated.
Thanks for your prayers, Janis.