The coronavirus couldn’t have come at a worse time for Kenya’s rural communities. Kenyan farmers were already struggling with a massive locust outbreak – the worst locust infestation some East African countries have seen in 70 years. Food supplies have been dangerously low.
Now, those gathering in rural areas to avoid locusts risk spreading the coronavirus. And with everyone shut in their homes, people can’t go to work or make money to buy what little food is left. The food that is available is also marked at higher prices.
“Then they also have the issue of the curfew,” says Joy Mueller with Kenya Hope. “They have to be at their homes by five o’clock in the evening. For our communities that are so remote, they have to travel a great distance and now the local market or you could say the open-air markets where they typically will buy food have all been closed down.”
Before the pandemic, Kenya Hope was teaching Kenyan families how to make antibacterial hand soap. It turned out to be a Godsend.
“As soon as [the pandemic] started happening, we got those families making literally hundreds of gallons of this antibacterial soap that we could give out and also they could sell to support their families.”
Kenya Hope is also working to educate rural communities on the virus and get food to families in need.
As they work with rural believers, Mueller says they are hearing from Kenyan pastors who are struggling to support their congregations. Believers in Kenya’s rural areas have limited access to technology, so streaming a sermon online isn’t an option for many pastors.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for believers in Kenya to represent Christ’s hope and peace.
- Ask the Lord to comfort those whose jobs are unstable at this time.
- Pray encouragement and strength for Kenya Hope’s staff.