Monday Musings(special Tuesday edition) 04/27/10
Rarely can one say that you have been where few others have been before but last week’s safari into the Samburu and Turkana regions of Kenya give me the opportunity to make such a claim.
Taking four days to travel 700 kilometres, our Toyota Land Cruiser climbed mountains, manoeuvred valleys, pushed through desert sand and crawled over volcanic rock. Breath taking scenery, exotic wildlife, unexploited land and remote villages made this past week a journey of a lifetime for Ron Hills and me.
Under the leadership of Bishop Bonifes Adoyo, CITAM (Christ is the Answer Ministries) and the Nairobi Pentecostal churches (a product of PAOC missions) have become a missions sending agency themselves by planting 35 churches in these desert regions. Five full-time missionary couples and a number of short-term missionaries work with great passion to bring the love of Christ to unreached people in numerous villages across the region.
Water purification continues to be a major concern in these areas. The well that you see us drawing water from is situated in the Chabai desert. Recent tests of the water have shown that they are polluted with arsenic and mercury. This may explain the 100 plus cases of throat cancer that have been reported in the last two years as well as the mysterious death of goats who drink from these same waters.
So, going where few others have gone before has not only allowed me to see what most people only see in a National Geographic magazine, it has reminded me of how much we take for granted in Canada. The next time you open your cold water tap, remind yourself that women in the Chabai desert are drawing water from a polluted well. The next time the pastor in your church raises a missions offering, before complaining, consider contributing because maybe, just maybe, you will be helping to send a missionary to some place you yourself would find hard to go!
Until next time…
“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”