The eyes of the world are focused on Kenya this week. The entire African continent is heating up politically. Kenya is a long way from my mountain, but two friends are living there, as missionaries and teachers. I read Adele’s missionary blog every day. I’ve read both their blogs for regular news of Kenya and African issues since one of them, Linda, landed a teaching position there.
Africa’s political future has captured the attention of the world’s media, who have descended on Kenya and South Africa to report on their elections and the impending indictment of South Africa’s new president. NPR’s Morning Edition program ran an audio report, and the New York Times also posted South African coverage.
Africa needs prayer–lots of prayer–and not just because my friends’ positions are about to become a lot more sensitive. The entire African continent has become another battle ground in the Biblical tradition. Millions of African brothers and sisters, their lives, hearts, and souls are at stake. How can we *not* respond to their call for help?
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
Battle-weary brothers and sisters from the African continent have landed on American shores carrying the deep scars of that spiritual war. They are crying out to God for help dealing with the vestiges of darkness. We’re warring for brothers and sisters, and countless generations of children! How can we *not* respond?