“Evidence of our oneness in Christ” – Marsabit Bishop thankful for emergency relief
- by Lindsay Counsell
- May 15, 2023
After five failed rain seasons caused a hunger emergency, the drought in Kenya has officially broken. Praise God!
Anglican Aid’s Projects Team Leader, Cameron Jansen, recently visited Marsabit in North Kenya, where emergency rations were distributed using funds raised by our supporters.
Cameron said, “New life is springing up everywhere. It was unbelievably green!”
I know you will join me in praising God for sending rain and ending the drought!
Bishop Qampicha Wario of Marsabit Diocese asked us to pass on his thanks, and added, “Our oneness in Christ can only be evidenced in walking together.” How wonderful that God is being glorified through this appeal!
Though rains have come, suffering has not yet ended. Bishop Qampicha explained, “while it is good the rains have fallen and the grass is growing, human beings can’t eat grass.”
It will still be months before any crops are harvested. Many locals worried the rains would fail again and so did not sow seeds. Others are pastoralists and don’t plant crops at all, but livestock recovery could take an estimated 5 years. This means food security will be an ongoing issue for some time.
Heavy rain on mud-brick dwellings also comes with its own problems. Landslides and mudslides have swept away houses and, in some parts of Africa, caused loss of life. These tragedies are affecting people who have already experienced so much loss.
In thanks that God has broken the drought
In thanks for the many Anglican Aid supporters who donated to provide food relief
That God would help the land, crops, and livestock recover quickly
By working closely with churches embedded in their communities, Anglican Aid is helping to prevent future food crises. One of our long term projects, in this same area of North Kenya, aims to relieve food insecurity through water harvesting for irrigation and seedling sites for kitchen gardens. The project is called “Generate!” and helps local people generate food and income for their families. It is run by the Anglican Church of Kenya, where Norm and Janelle Gorrie are serving as missionaries.
This is the kind of work supported by regular gifts from people like you to Anglican Aid. Our long term projects help transform communities so that future droughts won’t lead to another hunger emergency.
Learn more about this long-term project, and others, here:
Anglican Aid is partnering with the Diocese of Marsabit, Kenya, together with CMS Missionaries Norm and Janelle Gorrie, to support communities in harv
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