Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CBM Prayer Update: Urgent Requests from Africa

Mave Grace and her sister, Racahele-Ngabausi, survived an attack in their village of Tchee in the Ituri province of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Photo credit: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Please join us in praying for three areas of urgent need with Canadian Baptist Ministries' African partners. We pray for these situations, but we also pray for the courageous men and women of faith who are responding to the needs of their neighbours.

We remember the words of Jesus, "Peace I leave you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). The turmoil of our world is real and present, but so is the power of Christ in us.

The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Ituri Province in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is being torn apart by the ethnic conflict between Hema herders and Lendu farmers. Since the outbreak of violence earlier this year, tens of thousands of people have fled their land and are seeking help in Uganda and from churches in other parts of the country. These survivors are telling stories of an untold number of family members and friends that have been murdered in this brutal conflict.

The UNHCR expects 200,000 refugees will reach Uganda from Ituri before the end of this year. This is in addition to the tens of thousands already seeking refuge in internal camps within the Congo, like the camp in Bunia. The breakdown of the government authority is sparking conflict in other parts of the country as well. DRC desperately needs peace and stability.

Eleven-year-old Mave Grace and her two-year-old sister, Racahele-Ngabausi, walking to their home in the Bunia Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP). Both sisters carrying deep scars from the attack that killed their mother and left them both disfigured.
Photo credit: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Our local partner, the Community of Baptist Churches of Central Africa (CBCA) is engaged in primary health care and trauma support for victims of violence throughout the country. Please join us in praying for these churches as they demonstrate faith and hope in such dark times. We pray for stability in DRC, for reconciliation, and for lasting peace. We especially remember the survivors of this conflict and the caregivers serving this community.

To read more about the stories of survivors from this region, we recommend you use this link to a recent article by Reuters. Be warned that the content is very disturbing. "Horror and fear grip survivors of Congo's hidden war" (Thomson Reuters Foundation News, April 15, 2018).

http://news.trust.org/item/20180415100036-73shv


SOUTH SUDAN
Children playing in the ruins of Malakal, South Sudan
Photo Credit: Stefanie Glinski/IRIN
Malakal is the home area of our South Sudanese partner the Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBAC). This use to be the second largest city in all of South Sudan, but after four years of conflict, it has been largely deserted. 

More than a thousand kilometers to the south, tens of thousands of former residents are living in makeshift camps in and around the capital city of Juba. They are praying for peace and for the opportunity to return and rebuild their homes and farmers in the North. 

In two weeks time, Canadian Baptist Ministries and FEBAC will be providing food assistance in Mengaten, an IDP camp that is supporting 3000 families waiting to return. Please remember our colleague William who will be traveling from Kenya to participate in the food distribution. We also pray for the local FEBAC churches and relief team who are implementing this project.

We also pray for peace talks that will be happening next week on April 26 in Addis, Ethiopia. May this civil war come to an end!


RWANDA
The AEBR Nyangahinika Church
Photo Credit: Jonathan and Janice Mills/CBM
April is the annual month of mourning and commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide. It is a sober and tender period for the people of Rwanda. We pray for the Lord's healing and for the ongoing need of peace and reconciliation for Rwanda and this region of the world.

We also ask you to join us in prayer for the Association of Rwandan Baptists Churches (AEBR), who CBM partners with in Rwanda. The denomination will be electing new leadership tomorrow, April 19th, during a general assembly. 

We pray for this crucial time of decision and for wisdom as the Church seeks to reopen over a hundred churches which still remained chained and locked after last month's government closure of 714 churches and a mosque for being "noisy" and not meeting a list "modest standards" of building requirements. The AEBR is trying to develop a church rehabilitation plan that will address their government's new expectations and allow for the reopening of these churches.  

To learn more about the work of CBM in Africa and around the world, please visit our website at www.cbmin.org 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Easter in Canada

Ava and our friend Naomi Fagan, enjoying a snowy 
Palm Sunday weekend in Kentville, Nova Scotia.

We travelled back to Canada this year to celebrate Easter with our family and bring Emma on a tour of several universities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Ava has been praying for snow, and the Lord answered! It was the first time for Emma to experience a Canadian winter since she was four years old, and it was Ava's first taste of real snow. Literally, she ate snow and had lots of fun playing in it too.

We are so thankful to our friends and family that showed us such warmth and hospitality.

So great to be back to visit in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia!
A snowy day at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

During our two-week visit, Emma got to experience living in residence with her big brother at Acadia. She attended classes and got a feel of what life is like at a Canadian university. After her time at Acadia, we also brought her on tours of schools in Halifax and Moncton. 

In just over a year, Emma will be graduating from Rosslyn Academy and returning to Canada. We are so excited for this next chapter. She is such an amazing young woman. 

Here are a few more pictures from our time together.


Out for breakfast with Tristan and Shay.
Ava with our friend and Rosslyn alumni, Maria, at Acadia.
Ava and Emma at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax.
Visiting with our friends Caleb and Bronwyn Bustin 
at Crandall University, Moncton.
Emma hanging out with our friend Lauren Myers.
Cooper and Sookie post-Easter Dinner.
Visiting with Grammie, Auntie Autumn, and Arizona
Ava playing with her cousin, Emry, in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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."
Please help be an advocate for South Sudan. Click here to download information for your church.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Prayer Update: CBM Africa Team

Our CBM colleague Aisha Hussein helping members of the 
Hormud Self Help Group in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

March has brought much-needed rain to Kenya and most of East Africa. It is custom here for farmers to start planting immediately. "As soon as the rains begin, seeds go in!" chimes our friend and colleague Andai. The mood shifts when people see good rains in Africa.

The rains also bring relief from the long hot days of January and February. Our colleague Ruth Munyao, CBM's food security specialist, shared how the rains make life so much easier in her home area where the first few months of the year feel "so long and unbearable".

March has also been a great time of spiritual refreshment as we have had time with all of our CBM team in both Kenya and Rwanda. It has been encouraging to share successes and challenges and to come together for prayer and fellowship. 

Visiting the home of SHG members in Eastleigh, with CP Raju.

It has also been a gift to have our colleague CP Raju visiting with us from CBM's India program. A highlight for us was bringing CP through the labyrinth of muddy streets and alleys to visit with one of the Self Help Groups that Erica works with, in Eastleigh. 

Hormud group members making tye-dye scarves.

As one of the contributing groups in the CBM 323Collective, Hormud is hand dying and creating hand twisted fringe on their beautiful scarves. Along with selling the scarves in Canada they have found other local markets from Nairobi to the Kakuma refugee camp for their creations.

Erica with Aisha and Laura.

It was wonderful to hear from the group members about the impact that this simple business has had in increasing their household incomes and improving the health of their families. Witnessing the pride on their faces was such an incredible gift!

Visiting with the Hormud SHG.

You can learn more about this program and find the creations 
of Hormud and other self help groups at 323collective.org


A great few days with our colleagues in Rwanda.

We are also very grateful for the opportunity to be with our Rwandan field staff Andre Sibomana, Laura Lee & Darrell Bustin, and Wendy & Ken Derksen. During our two days of strategic planning, we spent significant time evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the CBM program in Rwanda and seeking God's direction for the next steps of the work here with the Association of Rwandan Baptist Churches.

Please join us in praying for the upcoming denominational elections that will be taking place within the AEBR at the beginning of this April.

We also pray for the over 714 local churches that had their doors chained shut by the Rwandan government this past week. An unannounced closure of churches was executed by government officials that accuse many churches of lacking respectable facilities with proper soundproofing, hygienic toilets, or running water. After the initial closures, more churches were shut down yesterday. A close friend of ours who pastors a small church in Kigali received a call at 4:00 am informing him that his church would be locked in the second wave of closures.

We pray for our colleagues they work with local churches to address social and spiritual needs in their communities.

Erica, Laura Lee, and Wendy.

Please join us in praying for our colleague Ruth Munyao and the work she oversees helping farmers and churches overcome food insecurity in Eastern DR Congo, Rwanda, and Kenya. We also pray for the current food relief projects that Ruth is assisting with our partner in South Sudan. 

We pray especially for the community of Narus that suffered an attack by armed raiders this past weekend. We thank God for the courageous security guard that repelled the three gunmen and are thankful for the additional security that is being provided for the community. We pray for peace and for renewed resiliency for the people of Narus and all of South Sudan.

CP, Ruth, and Aaron in Thika, Kenya.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CBM Team: CP Raju

Aaron, CP Raju, and Erica in Nairobi, Kenya

Until Thursday, we are travelling with our friend and colleague, CP Raju, who just arrived in Kenya last night. He will be visiting CBM's team, partners, and programming in Kenya and Rwanda over the next two weeks for a time of mutual learning and reflection.

Since 2012, CP Raju has served in India as a CBM field staff working in the Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha states. Along with managing community development projects, he is helping our partners embrace principles of integral mission. "That people's lives will be improved and that God will receive all of the glory!" he explained. "That is what our work is about."

Under his leadership, the CBM India projects have brought about positive change in areas of high infant mortality, malnutrition, illiteracy, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. CP has a great passion for working in tribal areas where churches are struggling to overcome issues of the mistreatment of girls and women, religious conflict, and persecution.

We are very excited about this opportunity for CP to meet with our CBM colleagues and to dig into the wide array of projects that we and our partners are engaged in. 

Erica and CP talking about approaches to 
women's empowerment in India and Kenya

We would encourage you to join us in prayer this week for CP Raju and the CBM Africa team. We pray for safety and good health for CP as he experiences diverse regions of Kenya and Rwanda. May this be a time of new growth and encouragement for us all. 
We also remember CP's wife, Jane Swarna, and their two children Raje and Jessica. May they experience peace while CP is so far away from them all. 
We pray for the ongoing ministries in India. Since 1874, Canadian Baptists have been working in this South Eastern portion of India. We pray for renewed strength and hope as the Church seeks to bring the love of Christ into their communities. We especially pray for an end to religious conflict and violence. 
We also pray for rain in Africa. We especially think of the terrible drought in South Africa, and the imminent total lack of water for Cape Town. Much of Kenya is also in serious need of rain. They say that in Africa if you arrive in a community with rain that you are considered a blessing. We pray that CP will be a blessing where every he goes!



Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Little Good News -- Prayer Update South Sudan


We are so glad to share that the peace summit has resumed and that all parties are sitting around the table. This is certainly an answer to prayer. 

Over the coming days, we pray for humility and courage for the leaders of all sides engaged in these discussions. May the good and welfare of the people of South Sudan be served and may the conflict come to an end.

As our partner shared with us last night,
"On the peace front, peace talks are going on in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with all the warring in attendance. The delegation of the Government of South Sudan had initially boycotted the talks but they were finally persuaded. The government wanted 40 members of their delegation but the mediators wanted only 12 delegates from the government. The parties have presented their negotiating/position papers already. The parties are still far apart. We appreciate the international community for the pressure it is relentlessly exerting on the peace. Let us continue to pray that the South Sudanese leaders will come to their sense and embrace peace so that the suffering of the population ends.
Thank you for joining us in prayer. We know that only God is able to bring real change to this situation. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Praying for South Sudan - A Nation in Crisis


Praying for South Sudan.

South Sudan is desperate for peace. Despite international calls for reconciliation and the recent arms embargo, this week's peace talks in Addis, Ethiopia, were boycotted by the South Sudanese government. The humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. 

According to the head of the UN refugee agency, the cost of the South Sudanese conflict has reached "epic proportions" with the number of refugees to surpass three million by the end of this year. Currently, two and a half million people have fled the country and seven million are in need humanitarian assistance.

We sat down earlier today with Rev. Saphano Riak Chol, the general secretary of our local partner the Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBAC) to hear his perspective on the crisis and the response from within his churches.

There is a lot to thank God for as Saphano is seeing young leaders emerging and taking responsibility for the ministries of the church.  The churches are growing as they reach out to their neighbours. But there remains much to pray for.
"Let me begin by thanking the Canadian Baptists for your partnership and support. As a Church, we are receiving persistent requests to respond to the humanitarian crisis that is affecting our entire country.  
People are pleading for help. We know that one day these wars will end. The ones behind it all will not live forever. Our prayer is that peace will come quickly and that those who wait will be able to survive.  
Every day new people are coming to the camps. My wife is there now, she has left Nairobi and is receiving new arrivals and providing counselling and care for them. Please do not forget to pray for our churches and the ministries in the camps.  
Those who travel with me into South Sudan need your prayers as well. When we go we do not know if we will return, we have to be ready to die. Every time I leave, I tell my wife, 'If I do not come back, we accept it as God's will.' Our ministers must be able to endure hardships. We must continue to speak for peace. We must reason with those who only want more bloodshed. 
The relief assistance that we are bringing is very important, but with this food we bring a Gospel of hope and reconciliation. Only by God's spirit will South Sudan be saved."

Please join us in praying and supporting this ministry.

You can learn more about the relief efforts of Canadian Baptist Ministries and the Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches by visiting our website at www.cbmin.org




Monday, January 29, 2018

A Story of Transformation

Rev. Mwasya Muema, William Waqo, Pastor Paul Makembo, 
and Pastor Eliud Mololow in Karura Forest, Kenya.

2018 marks the fortieth anniversary of Canadian Baptist Ministries' outreach in Garissa and the former North Eastern province of Kenya. 

In 1978, our predecessors Ron and Joan Ward moved their family from the leafy highlands of central Kenya to the semi-arid bush country beyond Kenya's Tana River. This great expanse of lowlands is crisscrossed with camel paths stretching all the way to Somalia. The Wards traveled to Garissa to establish a joint pioneer outreach with the African Christian Church and Schools among the Muslim peoples of this territory once called Kenya's Northern frontier.

Over the years, hundreds of Canadian and African volunteers, missionaries, and development workers have been a part of this rich story among the local Muslim people, and Christian communities, embedded in this sun-scorched corner of Kenya.

A lot has changed over four decades, and it was our privilege to sit down with three of our local partners and our colleague William Waqo to hear their perspective on ministry and partnership with CBM in Garissa and the villages of present-day Garissa county.


AARON
"I want to thank each of you for joining us today to talk about our shared ministry in Garissa. As Canadian Baptists, 2011 marked a significant change in our approach to integral mission in North Eastern Kenya. It was in September, of that year, that we began to engage with your churches, and in the years that followed thirty churches in Garissa became a part of this partnership. 
These years have not been easy. Is there still hope in Garissa?"
MWASYA
"There is hope in Garissa, there is still hope. The churches are slowly picking up. The effect of the [terrorist] attacks are still felt. The shooting of Ibrahim and the murder of Abid Wedi affected all of us, but God is faithful and the Church continues to prevail.”
ELIUD
"The July 2012 attack that killed seventeen people during a Sunday worship service in my church is not forgotten. In the year that followed our membership had dropped to less than forty people. People stayed away and they struggled with trauma, fear, and tension. ‘I can’t come back to that church, pastor,’ people would tell me. ‘I try, I start to go, but when I see the building I see everything that happened that day, and I am living it all over again.' 

I tell you God has been bringing about healing. Today more than 180 people have come back, God is transforming their hearts, their minds, and their attitudes.


I remember a few years back we could not use instruments in the church because people were fearing the instruments. They needed the church to be quiet and they did not want any loud noise. We needed that time, it was a part of the healing. Now today, we are worshipping like we once did."
MWASYA
"As we look back, we have to give a great word of thanksgiving to CBM. When the attacks against our churches started everyone ran from Garissa, but CBM stayed. More than stayed, you drew near us. 
The retreats that CBM sponsored were such a great encouragement to pastors and church leaders, you gave us spiritual strength, physical rest, and such important training. It was a time of such chaos and Kennys and your team gave us clarity. The training on Integral Mission came when we needed to understand God’s mission in a way we had never understood. You challenged us on our attitudes toward each other, and toward the Somalis, and I can say that our love for God went higher. Today we see with new eyes and we look at Somalis and Muslims with different attitudes."
WILLIAM
“Can you tell us about what the relationship with Muslim Leaders has been like since CBM started to work with the Garissa Churches. Say since 2012?”
MWASYA
“Today the relationship is very close.
In 2012, the pastors' fellowship was formed and established with the help of CBM. And more than providing us with prayers and encouragement, CBM helped to give us an identity. The formation of a united Christian presence in Garissa made us visible. It was only after the fellowship was formed that the government approached us and engaged.
As a registered body we were taken seriously and the government and NGOs began to reach out to us to participate in peace meetings and training on coexistence and living together. 
We learned that these Muslim leaders were more persecuted than we were from the terrorist groups. We would have meetings together and they would be threatened because the extremists didn’t want Shaykhs sitting with women or talking with Christians. We could listen more to their fears and we could speak out together. 


CBM seemed to know what we needed even before we did. I remember the gatherings that the Canadian Baptist team led in 2014 at the Catholic Church on Muslim and Christian dialogue. This was a new idea and something many of our churches and pastors were afraid of. CBM opened a door for us to see how we could be doing this as Jesus followers. This was so valuable. 
And before that, in 2012, CBM brought us training on talking to the media and promoting peace in times of conflict and from that training we held our first press conference. 
And the training we were given on counseling and trauma healing was something else we needed. You gave us what we needed as we needed it.


I can say that the activities with CBM was the greatest step forward for the churches of Garissa... we are using the things that we were given and we see the fruit from it."
* * *
AARON 
"It has been a true honour and privilege for CBM to walk with you and all of your churches. The way that you, and your congregations, are practicing hospitality and demonstrating the inclusive love of Jesus is truly inspiring. 
As you reflect these past few years, on the trainings and the ministries that your churches have started, what are some of the key lessons learned?"
MWASYA
"Mission work is holistic. Over this time, I have learned that our spiritual welfare is connected to the physical, political, social and economic. God’s mission is holistic therefore the Church is not only for the good of believers but for the good of the entire community. The Church in Garissa sees that we have a part to play in human development irrespective of tribe or religion.



This lesson has impacted our churches and has allowed us to grow wide in influencing the community. And we have seen intergal mission touch peoples lives.
For example, this Christmas the county commissioner saw what our churches were doing with the community and so he, himself, contributed. On Christmas day, he joined us in feeding the community. We cooked rice and meat and met with hundreds of Muslim families in Bula Iftin where CBM had introduced us to a school. We ate with the people and distributed flour and sugar to families.



And other churches did the same in the villges of Bula Pamoja and Kora Kora. Christians went to share their Christmas and love with their neighbours."
PAUL
"I can not forget how CBM introduced us to Farming God’s Way. The program of conservation farming brought a lot of good. It created a way to bring locals and Christians together. It brought healing and hope. 
It made a way to bring people together. The farming helped us to talk to see each other, to do things together, and that reduced fear."
ELIUD
"Personally I was helped by the Bridge program as it affected my attitude toward Muslims. My view of them as enemies changed, and I began to think beyond the pulpit to engaging in holistic ministry in the village of Madogo. Today our primary school ministry has shifted its focus to share the love of God with our Muslim neighbours. 90% of the parents are now Muslim. This is a vital ministry."
Muslims and Christians working together 
in the conservation agriculture ministry
"Together they are transforming the desert 
into a garden," Geofrey Mwita.


* * *
AARON
"As our friends in Canada and around the world pray for the ministry of local churches in Garissa, it would be great to hear about your hope for the future. How can we be praying for the Church in Garissa?"
MWASYA
"In 2011, Aaron and Erica did an important thing by bringing CBM to lift up our churches. People have been with us, now can we rise to the challenge to stand on our own and be sustainable and be able to continue. This is our great prayer.



Garissa is a vulnerable place and relief is continually needed, the challenge is to be independent and do things ourselves. 


Our church has started an adult education class, thanks in part to the help of CBM. We were one of the churches that received a grant to purchase chairs, desks, and blackboards. We started the class because so many in our area never finished school. The classes continue and we have more Muslims than Christians coming to our church to learn.  

Catherine a school teacher at the Garissa Academy volunteers as one of our teachers, every afternoon she finishes at her school and then comes to the church to teach the adult students. 


She is an example for us all, the challenge we have is to put into practice what we have learned."

ELIUD
"Over all, I believe that the objective of CBM was to help us to show the love of God in word and deed in our community. It is our responsibility now to continue to reach the community of Garissa. We are so grateful to CBM, for the Kennys, Andai, Mwita, and Waqo for the Farming God's Way agroforestry courses, the Bridge training, and for your support. These were powerful ways that have brought the whole community together. You have helped us to come out of our churches and to join the farmers and villages around us. My church in Mororo has a farm that we started with CBM and it was with such pride that we were able to open it to everyone to come and see how conversation agriculture works.
PAUL 
"These methods increased the yields of our farms, but more than just that, they helped us to reach to the community by working together in the area that they were working.


Taking this approach, we are continuing where CBM has left us. This is where we must take off. CBM has invested in building up our capacity through training and working with us. The great challenge for us is to encourage our members to give toward missions and activities with our Muslim neighbours, even in small ways."
William Waqo teaching conservation agriculture to 
Christian and Muslim farmers in Garissa
Our CBM colleague, Andai Jackson, facilitating a training for farmers

WILLIAM

"Along with the farming program, it has meant so much to have Christians working with the Muslim leaders in the villages to build schools, water canals, and safe latrines. I think that this is the legacy of  CBM's four decades in Garissa -- bringing Muslims and Christians together. 
 We did not come to this community with all the answers. It was a process of walking together and seeking God's leading. Change comes when we see that there is a different way, and we have the courage to follow it."
The new school in Bukuyu build by the local community 
with the help of churches in Canada and Garissa.
Students attending classes for the first time
 at the new Bukuyu school
PAUL
"The impact of the Canadian Baptist program in Garissa has had a profound difference in the lives of our people. 
You have opened a door for Christians to enter into the lives of Muslim people, unlike we have seen before.
We pray for God to open another window of opportunity for our churches. We also pray for water and sustainable ways to make life in Garissa for everyone."