By Reverend David Kitur
Having served as a missionary in Pokot for 34 years, I have witnessed the devastating effects of banditry, cattle rustling, hunger, and drought on the communities living in the North of Kenya. These issues have continued to plague the region for far too long, and it is time for us as children of God to stand in the gap and pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
Banditry and cattle rustling have been a major challenge in the region, leading to loss of lives, displacement of families, and destruction of property. The communities in the region rely heavily on their livestock for their livelihoods, and any loss of animals due to rustling can have a devastating impact on their lives.
In addition to these security challenges, the region has also been hit by severe drought and hunger, leading to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition. The situation is made worse by poor infrastructure and lack of access to basic amenities such as clean water, healthcare, and education.
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and to care for the poor and vulnerable. We cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the North of Kenya. We must stand in the gap and pray for God’s intervention in the situation.
Prayer is a powerful tool, and we must use it to intercede on behalf of those who are suffering. We must pray for an end to banditry and cattle rustling, for the provision of rain and relief from drought, and for the provision of basic amenities to the communities in the region.
We must also support organizations and individuals who are working on the ground to provide relief and assistance to those affected by these challenges. We can donate to organizations that are providing food, water, and medical care to those in need, and we can also volunteer our time and resources to support these efforts.
Now more than ever, let us heed the call to stand in the gap and pray for our brothers and sisters in the North of Kenya. Let us not be indifferent to their suffering, but rather let us take action to provide relief and support. May God hear our prayers and bring an end to the challenges facing the region.