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!