Widows in Kenya.


3 Gladys Juma (holding parcel) and Sarah Kithaka.


Two Christian women, Gladys and Damaris  in May  2012 lost their husbands Ben Juma and Jackson to a muslim mob in Mombasa, Kenya who doused them in petrol while they were preaching in the open and they died of their burns. Gladys had previously lost a husband and has four children, Damaris had been married only 8 days. Apparently both women are coping well and not only Gladys but also her children, who initially were filled with anger towards God are coming to accept this terrible incident as something ordained to His glory. They are grateful for local church support and also from the worldwide Christian community. Pray for justice and ongoing courage and commitment from the believers in Kenya.

Damaris subsequently remarried Steve in July 2017 (pic below)

The Garissa Africa Inland Church scene of a horrendous murderous attack in 2012 in which 17 people died, has regrouped and has a new building

The Presbyterian church where elder Abdi Welli was killed and senior pastor Rev Makunyi was wounded is about half full but many other pastors have rallied to help support the believers while Makunyi recovers.


Thank you to all of you who have written letters to Hellen Welli, widow of Kenyan church leader, Abdi. Since Abdi’s murder last February, over 2,000 cards and letters have been sent to Hellen and her three boys, helping them know they are not alone in their grief. “Your letters give us courage to move on with our lives,” Hellen said. “I am getting better slowly. Previously I was not eating and sleeping well. I was very fearful for my life but I thank God I am not too bad now. The cards and letters really help – we cherish every one of them. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I read them and hear God speaking to me. I am praying better and actually feel even closer to Jesus. Of course the pain and bitterness still come, but now God keeps reassuring me that Abdi did not die in vain and that He knows what He is doing…” Hellen is thankful for your continued prayers for her and the children as their future remains uncertain. Could you write a letter to show your support to persecuted Christians? You’ll find our Letter-writing Guide here http://bit.ly/IAwEUk

Gladys is now ministering to other widows. Continue to remember her and her children-they are exhibiting the truth of II Cor.1:3-4

Pray also for the family of 25 year-old George Karidhimba Muriki shot dead on January 11th leaving the school where his church met.

Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 65 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit, watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement on Saturday 5th April 2014 awaiting major surgery to re-align right knee. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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