Mombasa in the News
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Police react at the scene of angry protests in King'orani area that left four people dead and seven others injured October 4, 2013. Calm returned to Mombasa October 5, 2013. LABAN WALLOGA
By GALGALO BOCHA
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Calm has returned to Mombasa after Friday chaos ignited by the killing of a fiery Muslim preacher Sheikh Ibrahim Umar Rogo and three others on Thursday night.
Mombasa County police boss Robert Kitur said normalcy had returned and residents were going on with their daily activities in Majengo and Kisauni, areas that were worst hit by the protests that saw four people die.
“We are back to normal life but we are not taking chances,” Mr Kitur told the Nation on phone.
Contingents of anti-riot officers are keeping vigil around Masjid Musa mosque in Majengo, the epicentre of the violent riots.
Mombasa Deputy Governor Hazel Katana called for peace and peaceful co-existence between Muslim and Christian in the coastal city.
She said failure by police to take proactive measures led to the torching of the Salvation Army Worship Centre.
“We need all places of worship including mosques and churches to be properly secured by our security agencies,” she said.
Businesses opened on Saturday in the Central Business District.
Public transport vehicles were back on the road.
- Mombasa Deputy Governor Hazel Katana urges peace and peaceful co-existence between Muslim and Christian in the coastal city.
On a personal note:
Beckie & I returned to Kenya on September 22, 2013 after a year of deputation in USA. God has been so good to allow us to return to AFRICA where he has called us. Beckie is back in full swing with the breast cancer awareness for the month of October even though some of the activities have been cancelled due to the unrest in the country. In November Beckie will go for a few weeks to Chicago for the birth of our youngest daughter Krista first child. This will make it #9 grandchildren in the clan. Wow, we are really becoming AFRICAN.
David has met with many of the pastors and in the Baraza (monthly Pastor’s meeting ) has found out that we now have 63 churches here in the coastal region. Praise God for the continual growth along the coast of Kenya. In the attachment above is a picture of the Dziripe church that is needing our help of $6,000 for a roof. The rains have started and they have been working on this church to get it up this far. If you feel you can help please send to class 46 Dziripe church. Please see the information below for the account # and donation instructions.
This week we have planned for former friend & missionary, Oscar Johnson to come and minister to our pastors and wives. Please pray for a special move of the Spirit. With all the problems that have been going on in Kenya we thank God that the church has turned to prayer. We have heard that several prayer groups from different churches are walking the streets praying for peace to return and that the demonic forces of killings and riots will stop.
We are believing God for mighty things. This past furlough, as we have traveled, we have had several confirmations that this term in Kenya we will see many brought to the master. “If my people will humble themselves and pray”…… Prayer is the key. By God’s grace, may the Church stand strong and GROW in the face of persecution!
David & Beckie Smith
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