by Melissa Nordell & Mark Ellis
Kenya has been a nation struggling with issues that have tried to divide it, with Islamic terrorists killing Christians with increasing frequency. Muslims have tried to shut down Christian gatherings and houses of worship, especially near the country’s borders with Somalia.
Prior to the past presidential election, March 4, 2013, “there has been great opposition from the Islamic agenda against the Christian Church,” says Dr. Sammy Ngaho, founder and president of Ngaho International Ministries. “Through much prayer and faith all over the country, all resistance is coming down,” Dr. Ngaho says.
“The election in March was the first peaceful election in over 50 years — with no bloodshed,” he notes. “This is all because of what God did to answer prayer as we had very organized prayer across the entire country. Every county was fasting and praying. Every county was formally dedicated to God and an altar to God was planted there as well.”
“The president of Kenya who was elected that March, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the deputy president, William Ruto, are both true believers,” says Dr. Ngaho. “And they declared that Kenya is a Christian nation one month ago in a speech at Kenya’s 11th annual National Prayer Breakfast.”
At the breakfast, President Kenyatta declared, “It is said that prayer is to the soul what food is to the body. This is indeed true. On a personal level, I am convinced that there is nothing more valuable than praying to God, for prayer unites us with our Creator.”
“This National Prayer Breakfast is unique as it is the first one in our Jubilee year. As we celebrate our Jubilee anniversary this year, let us profess that it will be our year of restoration, renewal and repentance in the spirit of the Biblical year of Jubilee.”
He also asked his nation to repent of their sins. “As we come before the Almighty God in prayer, I call upon Kenyans to seek forgiveness and repent for our wrong doing. Let us also forgive one another and pray for reconciliation and healing in our country. I urge Kenyans to remember that we are all equal in the eyes of God, and we must forge ahead as one, united people.”
As President Kenyatta considered enormous challenges facing the country, he said, “I would like to assure all Kenyans that we are determined to deal with any internal and external threats to our peace and security. However, as we endeavor to deal with these challenges, let us also remember the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 127 that “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
“Thirdly, let us all pray to God for our daily bread, for the adequate sustenance of each and every one of us. There are many of our people who live below the poverty line and others who are unemployed and have no secure means of earning a livelihood. As Christians, we have a duty to these people.”
Dr. Ngaho is grateful for a president who openly reflects an eternal perspective. “We are just thanking God for what He has done in our nation,” says Dr. Ngaho. Dr Ngaho is also responsible for launching a Bible school, boy’s home and feeding program in Nairobi and Nakuru, Kenya as well as in Durban, South Africa.