Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Update Video: Kakuma Refugee Camp

Kennys CBM Update from Kakuma from Aaron & Erica Kenny on Vimeo.

This month's Update Video comes from the Kakuma Refugee Camp, where Canadian Baptist Ministries is working with the Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches to bring hope to people living in a desperate situation.

We are so encouraged to see these churches thrive as they live out their faith in practical and life-giving ways.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Transforming Mission: Sharing

A Sudanese Refugee woman grinding her family's flour in Kakuma.

We returned last night from a wonderful visit with the Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBAC) in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in the Northwest corner of Kenya. We had traveled there with our Canadian Baptist Ministries' colleague Lenny Mbogo, who serves as CBM's program officer for Africa. Together we had the pleasure of monitoring the joint CBM/FEBAC projects in the camp.

Lenny Mbogo and Rev. Saphano Riak Chol sharing 
with the FEBAC congregation in Kakuma Camp 3.

Kakuma is a massive camp for over 186,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya's Turkana County, bordering South Sudan. With the huge influx of South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence north of the border, the FEBAC churches within the camps are growing. The congregations have been proactive in caring for new arrivals and providing valuable services to the refugee community. 

Lenny speaking to the congregation

Along with times of prayer and sharing, it was encouraging to see the love of God in action as the people of FEBAC respond to the needs of the vulnerable people around them. The generosity and open-handedness of the FEBAC people is humbling to witness.

Refugees line their bags of raw wheat, millet, 
and sorghum in front of a FEBAC posho mill

Families settled in the Kakuma receive rations of unmilled cereals such as millet, sorghum, and wheat. Bags of raw grains are difficult for a family to use. It takes great effort with a mortar and pestle for a mother to make flour to cook for her children.

Last year, FEBAC approached CBM to help them provide a valuable service to their community. With the help of Canadian Baptist churches, FEBAC purchased supplies and built two posho mills that they use as a free ministry to their neighbours.  

Raw grains are brought to the mill each day

A young man from the church operated the posho mill 
and feeds the hopper for the line of women and children outside.

A refugee mother carrying her milled flour home from the mill

Lenny and Erica with Rev. Saphano in Kakuma
"God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing."
Billy Graham

Thank you for your support of the ministries of CBM and our partners. You can learn more about the work of CBM in Africa and around the world at www.cbmin.org

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A little bit of joy: Feel the Sounds of Kenya

Feel The Sounds of Kenya from Cee-Roo on Vimeo.

These are sober times but amid all of the challenges we give thanks to God for life and beauty around us. If you haven't experienced this short video from Cee-Roo, we hope you take three minutes and "Feel the Sounds of Kenya".

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Praying from South Sudan

Time is running out.

The latest data from South Sudan confirms our fears that two-thirds of the country (more than seven million people) require immediate food relief or they will starve in the next four months. After four years of civil war, it is clear how conflict and hunger are destroying the country.

We are thankful for CBM's local partner, the Faith Evangelical Baptist Church (FEBAC), that is able to reach areas that large NGOs are not gaining access to because of insecurity. As CBM resources these relief efforts we need ongoing prayer and financial support.

Next week, we will be traveling back to the South Sudanese border to meet with refugees that have been received by the FEBAC churches within the Kakuma Refugee camp. 

Stefanie Glinski, a contributor to IRIN News, shares the story of Mary Mabior, a 37-year-old mother that has fled the violence in that has come to her village. Mary's story illustrates the plight of millions of people struggling to survive in the midst of this grim conflict.

Mary Mabior a mother of six from Wau, South Sudan
Photo IRIN
"After my village was looted, I decided to take my two youngest children away. We now live between Wau and Aweil, but there isn't a nearby market and we receive no help here. My other children stayed in Wau with my blind mother. They receive food there, but it isn't safe. When I get money, I want to bring my whole family here. I go to the forest every day to collect wild fruit. My children are always hungry and I barely have any of the sorghum left that we brought. I don't feel safe going back to Wau or to my village. There's nothing left. I'd rather starve than go back."
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