The kindness of Kenyans

The Imara International home in Nanyuki was attacked by would-be robbers on the night of October 22. Read Imara International’s statement about the incident.

I have to admit we didn’t sleep a lot that night.

During the attack, I called or texted several people to start praying.  Prayers for our safety came from across the globe.  That night and the next day I received message after message of encouragement, prayer and scripture.  In fact, I am still getting nightly Bible verse texts from the women in my fellowship group.

Tuesday my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Gichuru came to help us organize security and to encourage us. I met with my fellowship group who prayed with me and started working on helping me find guards and watch dogs.  My friend Raphael helped me find a last-minute guard for that night.

On Wednesday an elderly gentleman named Ian came by to check on me. I have only met Ian two times. God bless him, he has a hard time walking yet he made the effort to find our home and to make sure all was OK. He told me if I needed anything at all I should call him and he would do what he could to help.

Calls, emails and Bible verses continue to come.  My fellowship group came and prayed over and anointed every fence post surrounding our house as well as every door and window.  What an honor to have friends who would come (some from over an hour away) and bless us in this way.

God has shown himself faithful. Were we scared? Yes, but He has taught each of us to trust Him more deeply.  I am completely convinced that God has got us covered. We are safe in his giant outstretched arms.

Each night Macy and I pray before we sleep.  We have been claiming the promises of Psalm 91 as our own.

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.