A few days after our April visit to Kakuma refugee camp, the heavens opened over the drought-stricken landscape. Although many had been praying for rain, this downpour was not life-giving. Many mud brick refugee shelters and churches were destroyed.
I received this email today from a brother named Etando who served as my translator during a Sunday worship service in the camp last month...
Hello! I greet you in name of jesus christ. i was your interpreter when you are preaching. i am very happy to write to you as my father and my friend in christ. I would like you to send me some verse of bible because I consider you as my father in faith.
It was on Sunday that floodwater came. many houses crumbled including mine. all furniture, matresses, clothes were covered with mud. we did not rescue any things. we thank God because we were saved.
we are like new arrivals again. we are surviving and sleeping on thin mats.
i am married with 5 children. greet your familly.
when will you be here again? Send me any advice from God's word. God bless you. Amen.
Life is hard in a refugee camp. This is one of the many challenges they face as they patiently wait for a solution to their displacement. Faith and supportive relationships play an important role in helping people survive and recover from the multiple traumas that are part of their journey.
IAFR is committed to stand with refugees, including our brothers and sisters, in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya), Dzaleka refugee camp (Malawi) as well as in Europe and North America - where the challenges that they face may be different, but can still be overwhelming.
You can help too. Would you take a minute right now and offer a prayer on behalf of our friend, Etando, and others like him who are struggling to recover from this recent tragedy? We can pray with confidence that God hears, God sees and God cares for them.
-Posted by Tom Albinson