Dear Praying Friends,
We stayed home for most the week but the boys went to a
nearby school to vote in Kenya's general elections on Tuesday.
Daniel went in the morning and found large crowds at the polling
station. Aaron waited until about an hour before the polls closed
and found no long lines. The election process was very peaceful and
the sitting president was declared to have won a second term late
on Friday night. The main opposition candidate and his supporters
are contesting their 1.4 million vote loss but their complaints seem
to have no relationship to the outcome of the election. Immediately
after the results were announced rioting broke out in the city of
Kisumu and in some areas of Nairobi. There are reports that the
opposition tribesmen were burning down houses belonging to the
winner's tribesmen. As of Sunday, twenty-six people have been
killed. Our area is quiet and safe as we live in the heart of the
winner's home. Pray that they will protest through the courts
instead of continuing to protest on the streets.
Staying home gave us much time to get caught up on
various church and college projects. I also managed to build an
easel for use at the church and got a start on a roof rack for our
Saturday we went to Gatukuyu and found a new group of
children to play soccer and come for a Bible lesson. I also found a
painter who started painting the outside of the building (actually
just the front wall). I will meet him tomorrow to arrange for him
to put on a second coat of paint and letter the church name above
the doors. I'm waiting for the landlady to paint the inside of the
dark room but, if she doesn't get to it, I may have that done too.
I did have a nice chance to witness to the owner of the shop next
door (used furniture) and he assured me he will join us when we
begin church services.
Our Sunday morning back at Open Bible Baptist Church
went very well. Pastor Nyaga used the Bible class to explain to the
people why we left and to apologize for his wife's conduct and his
failure to follow the church constitution and the Bible in dealing
with the problem. I then preached on "Spiritual Entropy" (look it up in
Dictionary.com). The people were very responsive and seemed
genuinely glad to see us again. It was a blessing to see most of
our old friends still attending and a few new faces as well.
Besides getting the church painting done this week, it
is Sue's birthday on Tuesday so I am hoping to get her out for a
nice birthday lunch some day this week.
sending this message out early so that some pastors will receive it
early enough to thank your people for praying for peace during
Rick, Sue, Aaron and Daniel Simonsen