June 26, 2008
Here is the
latest report from John Muhanji, Director of African Ministries of Friends
Meeting, on the return of the internally displaced
people to Sugoi. Here is what John said about the first attempt on
June 19--"But hell broke loose when they took the other IDPs to
Sugoi from Eldoret show ground. The D.O [District Officer] called me
today and wished that I was with him. They were almost being killed
by the community people who never wanted to see them back."
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God is and has always been faithful to us in our ministry. We have continued
to experience his miracles all the time since we started the peace mission
in Kenya. In our smallness and humbleness we have seen mountain moving
and deep valleys being leveled.
I traveled to Nairobi on Saturday 21st so that I could attend a visa
interview at the USA Embassy on Monday 23rd. Before I traveled in the
evening, I attended a very successful prayer meeting for all the USFW
Kenya [United Society of Friends Women--Kenya] women held at Mbale Friends
High School. This was a meeting that gave me hope and strength after
weeks of exhaustion. I felt filled with fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We had a prayer meeting for peace where I gave them the problem that
we had in Sugoi in Eldoret. We had women drawn from all the 15 yearly
meetings in Kenya in attendance just for a one day prayers for peace
in Kenya and Africa. Dorothy Selebwa the Clerk of USFW Kenya presided
over the prayer meeting and led all women in praying for the Fiends Church
Peace Team of which she is a member. After a very successful prayer meeting
at Mbale School which was attended by over 1,300 women, I traveled to
Kisumu to connect to Nairobi.
I went to the American embassy on Monday 23rd morning for the visa interview
and was given the visa. I am now sure I will travel to the FUM Triennial
this year [in July in North Carolina]. While in Nairobi on Tuesday 24th,
I was called on the phone by the District Officer, Turbo Division, that
they would like to resettle back the IDPs from Sugoi on Wednesday 25th
and senior government officials would be in attendance. I informed Joseph
Mamai [Chairman of Friends Church Peace Teams] to contact other members
of FCPT to be present in Sugoi. I traveled from Nairobi on Wednesday
morning 25th to Kisumu, then Eldoret/Sugoi.
Friends, I would like to report that the prayers that were offered on
Saturday were truly answered and I thought it was a dream I was imagining.
The elders of Sugoi had met after the ugly incident that happened on
Thursday 19th where the IDPs were chased away. These elders rebuked themselves
and vowed never to repeat such an action in their
lives with their neighbors. The Kalenjin community elders went to the
camp [at Eldoret showgrounds] and asked their neighbors to join them
at home. They went to bring them to their land. The elders agreed to
host them in their homes rather than building another camp with tents.
Families divided among themselves the IDPs who had come. It was a time
of joy and many shed tears of joy. It was a great reunion among the themselves.
There was a man who owned a school and an orphanage which were both
destroyed badly by the villagers out of anger from the post election
violence. It is sad when you look at what used to be a home now looking
like a ruin or which has been hit by a tornado. The old man, called Muchemi,
talked with tears in his eyes, that he does not count what he lost in
the violence, but he is happy that his old friends have welcomed them
When the high powered government officials arrived, it was around 5.00
pm and the people had been waiting for them patiently since 8.00 am in
the morning. They came, talked briefly and left in a hurry, but we continued
with our program of the receiving community taking them to their good
neighbors. It was joy as they embraced each other. I felt tears in my
eyes after seeing the old man Muchemi who lost 600 bags of maize [corn],
500 bags of dried coffee ready for export, a school and an orphanage
for the destitute children from the area. He was very brave when he extended
an olive branch to those who did the demonic act. He asked to be forgiven
if ever he annoyed anybody, and many others followed.
The work of the FCPT is very much evident on the ground and both the
IDPs and the elders talked as if nothing had ever happened. The community
of the Kalejin and the Kikuyus have appreciated the work FCPT has done
and is still committed to work with them in resettlement and organizing
more peace activities for the youth. Please continue to pray that the
peace we have witnessed today 25th July may remain forever.
God's blessing to all of you.
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