Msafara Wheels of Hope

The Message About Msafara

Msafara Wheels of Hope is a church initiative that will act as a catalyst to lead the country into spiritual cleansing and bringing hope to Kenyans. A secretariat of eight pastors are coordinating logistics, mobilizing resources and team building to travel to Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, and Kisumu.

These five (5) major urban areas were where election violence initially erupted after being targeted by spiritual forces of darkness. With a focus on restoration, reconciliation and prayer, Msafara hopes to enable five hundred (500) pastors in each area to lead their people in healing. In each area Msafara will conduct pastors’ workshops in reconciliation while others will distribute humanitarian aid and provide counsel to traumatized internally displaced people.

Finally, there will be a cleansing, healing, prayer and jubilee service for each area. Msafara will be actively involved in spreading redemptive stories of hope through the media. It will also help resettle displaced people. In the same spirit of Ezra and Nehemiah, Msafara calls Kenyans to unite in the spirit of hope for the future.

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Churches call for fresh poll – Inter-Religious Forum

Churches call for fresh poll

Kenyan religious leaders have called for a fresh general election as the only way out of the current political crisis. The leaders who comprised Christians, Muslims and Hindus also proposed the resignation of the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) to pave way for its reconstitution. Speaking under the auspices of the Inter-Religious Forum at the Ufungamano House in Nairobi, the leaders reiterated their proposal to President Kibaki that wide consultations be made within the political parties regarding appointment of ECK commissioners to ensure the new body is credible.

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Thoughts on the Kenyan Post Election Crisis – Reflections arising from the report on the AACC solidarity visit led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Jan 08

Thoughts on the Kenyan Post Election Crisis

Pambazuka News

2008-01-29

All Africa Conference of Churches

Reflections arising from the report on the AACC solidarity visit led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Introduction

Following the post election violence that rocked the Republic of Kenya after President Kibaki was declared the winner of the December 2007 elections, the All Africa Conference of Churches, with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, sought to contribute to the calming of the situation and the resolution of the problem by inviting a team of eminent African Church leaders led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to come and offer solidarity to the people of Kenya and help profile the cause of peace to the nation. The Archbishop was accompanied by the President of the All Africa Conference of Churches the Rt. Rev. Nyansako ni Nku, the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa and former General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches Dr. Brigalia H. Bam and the General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, the Rev. Dr. H. Mvume Dandala.

The information gathered during this visit indicated something of the complexity of the problem, as well as the fact that finding a solution, both on a short term and on a long term basis will need to take into consideration a number of factors such as:
– The Historical background
– The tension defined
– The expressions of the violence
– The Role of the Church
– The Role of the media
– Possible Ways forward

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A Call to all Kenyans – AACC – 21 Jan 08

A Call to all Kenyans from the All African Conference of Churches
Monday, January 21, 2008

A Call to all Kenyans from the All African Conference of Churches
The All Africa Conference of Churches wishes to express its deep and profound sorrow with the leaders and peoples of the Republic of Kenya at this time of turbulence.
Conscious of our status as guests of this nation and having been graciously allowed to operate from this soil for more than forty years, we wish it to be known how grateful we are for the hospitality that has always been extended to us by the Republic of Kenya as well as the Churches of Kenya. The hospitality thus extended to us in a true African fashion has made us feel truly Kenyan.
The joys of this nation have become our joys and therefore its pains, our pains. It is thus impossible for us not to agonize with all Kenyans in this hour of crisis.
Expression of Solidarity
It was on this basis that earlier in the year the AACC arranged for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of the AACC, together with the current President, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Nyansako-ni-Nku from Cameroon and Dr. Brigalia Bam, former General secretary of the South African Council of Churches and current Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, to pay a solidarity visit early in January 2008 to Kenya.
As a universally respected peace broker, Archbishop Tutu called on the political leaders of this country to stem the mayhem of killings and come to the table to resolve this problem.
As your fellow Africans and in the name of Christ we desire for you to know that your and our pain is the pain of Africa.

Inter Religious Forum – National Day of Prayer – 8 Feb 08

Inter-Religious Forum Prayer for Kenya
Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Inter-Religious Forum held a national prayer day in Nairobi, Kenya on 8th February. The forum which saw different religious groups converge together also saw President Mwai Kibaki and a section of his cabinet and some members of parliament from both political divide attend. The prayers were meant to seek Gods intervention in the crisis that has rocked the country. The crisis was triggered by the announcement that Kibaki was the winner of the 27th December, 2007 election.


The Inter-Religious Forum is an initiative of many churches, which include Protestant churches, the Catholic, Evangelical churches as well as the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) that brings together different faiths such as Christians, Muslims and Hindus to seek ways of restoring peace and tranquility in Kenya. Its chairman is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi.


Bishop Dr. Mvume Dandala, the AACC General Secretary, was invited to preach at the event, which was covered live on the national broadcasting television station.

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Call to Peace and Political Justice – NCCK – 3 Jan 08

Call to Peace and Political Justice
Thursday, January 03, 2008 by Communications

Press Statement

Call to Peace and Political Justice

1.0 Preamble

The National Council of Churches of Kenya, in our statement of 23rd November 2007, encouraged all registered voters in Kenya to participate in the General Elections to be held on 27th December 2007.

And on the ballot day, there was an enthusiastic participation in the elections by people of all ages, most notable being the youth who have had little interest in elections in the past. They cast their ballots in a largely peaceful environment. However, delays in announcement of the results of the presidential election led to an escalation of tension, anxiety and outbreak of street demonstrations.

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Peace Plan Proposal – Inter Religious Forum – 9 Jan 08

Peace Plan Proposal
Friday, January 11, 2008 by Communications


Press Statement

Peace Plan Proposal

1. Introduction
As we announced in our Press Statement of 9th January 2008, the Inter Religious Forum has been engaged in mediation efforts between the government and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). In our meetings with President Mwai Kibaki and Hon Raila Odinga and their teams on separate occasions, it became clear that there were points of agreement and points of departure.

We now wish to share with the nation what we have established and the implications of the options we have identified.

2. The crisis we are facing
No doubt, the country is facing a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in Kenya’s history. Within two weeks of the election, over three hundred thousand Kenyans have become internally displaced. Their properties, valued at billions of Shillings, recklessly destroyed, and over five hundred lives lost. The displaced peoples are living in deplorable conditions in Church compounds, police stations, schools and other places of worship / social activity. The dehumanizing aspect of this crisis is especially seen in the growing number of women and children who have been sexually assaulted. Psychologists are estimating that the trauma to which Kenyans have been subjected, has the potential to bring out the worst.

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