Monday, January 07, 2008

My Kenyan Wordhoard Remains Locked

As many of you know, my sister and her family are serving as missionaries in Kenya -- which has led to people asking me about the violence there, whether or not they are safe, what's the difference between the Kikuyu and the Luo, etc.

My apologies, folks, but I will not be discussing these issues publicly. Having lived abroad and been in precarious and life-threatening situations myself, I know how dangerous it can be for a foreigner to say anything about sensitive situations in his host country. Anything I say could be interpreted as having come from my family, which then in turn could offend one side or another. If you know me personally and want to talk about it in private, I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have, but nothing public.

Of course, many of you may feel the need to do something, even if you aren't sure what exactly you can do. Prayer for the country is always a good thing. If you want to contribute something materially, you can learn more about the Brown Family Mission on their website, or you can contribute money to the Kenya mission through Christian Missionary Fellowship International. If you want even greater involvement, CMF has service opportunities among the Maasai and the Turkana.


  1. Those looking to help the people of Kenya during the violence might also like to look to the , which has issued an appeal for aid.

    For longer-term aid, Wikipedia also has a list of charities based in Kenya, and some brief googling has turned up these others:

    , an organisation looking to help African women through scholarships and business development.

    , an organisation which apparently supports primary and secondary schooling in Kenya.

    I'm sure there are many more.

    Sending missionaries to Kenya might help the spiritual lives of the people, but I'm sure that providing education and medical assistance is actually far more useful.

  2. Oh, poot. Sorry about that weird HTML. I don't know what happened there. Clearly I am a failure as a denizen of the 21st century.

  3. I suppose you and I have differing definitions of the word "useful."