Having just returned from a two month trip to Korr, in Northern Kenya, I was struck by the fact that I have so many people, fellow Christians and Christian family members, praying for me. I realized the privilege I have, while many of the Christians in Korr do not have people praying for them. The Rendille people, who live in Korr, are one of the many unreached people groups living in Africa. Thus the Christians within this community are first generation Christians and so they do not have family and friends around them praying for them. The pastors of the church in Korr and their families do not have many people praying for them, and the Christian youth, for example, do not have parents and grandparents praying for them like many Christians living elsewhere do. Being aware of the power of prayer and how much it is emphasized in the Bible, I could not help but think that we Christians need to be adopting Christian families or Christians like those in Korr to pray for. As I am a student myself, I was especially challenged to pray for the youth and young adult Christians in Korr. What a privilege it is to be surrounded by so many other Christians who can pray for us!
While in Korr we were introduced to a group of young men (late teens to early twenties), all of whom had recently committed their lives to the Lord. We soon learnt that they were from an area called South Horr where there is no evangelical church. These young Christians have no one to teach them and mature them. They do not even have the Bible in their mother tongue language, and so reading the Bible on their own can even prove difficult at times. It is also for people like these that we could and should be praying for. As young people, praying is one major way that we can partner with others in mission as well as partner with fellow Christians around the world, like those amongst the Rendille and the boys living in South Horr.
By Alexa Martin, Cape Town
Alexa, together with Johann and Michael spent two months in Kenya on Short Term mission. Statistics show that out of 8 people groups inhabiting the vast desert area of northern Kenya less than 1% are evangelical Christians.