Kenya’s Christians will stand fast in the face of persecution, archbishop declares

The murder of 148 Kenyan Christian students by members of the Somali Islamist terror group al-Shabab will not stop believers from proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ said Eliud Wabukala

The murder of 148 Kenyan Christian students by members of the Somali Islamist terror group al-Shabab will not stop believers from proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, the Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala said in a Good Friday letter to his church. Early in the morning of 3 April 2015 a team of terrorists attacked the student dormitories of the Garissa Technical Institute in northern Kenya. Separating the Christians from the Muslims, the gunmen proceeded to kill the Christian students until they too were killed in a shoot-out. “These young people died because they were Kenyans and they were Christians. This attack was a calculated manifestation of evil designed to destroy our nation and our faith, but on this Good Friday we are reminded that the very worst evil can do is not the last word,” the archbishop said. “As we think of those dear ones who died at Garissa because they were Christians, let us remember the promise of the Lord Jesus that nothing can separate them and us from his love. Above all, let us resolve today that these deaths, and those of other Kenyans who have died previously at the hands of Al Shabaab, will not be in vain,” he said. Archbishop Wabukala called upon the government to protect its citizens and called upon the “world community” to recognize the massacre was not merely an attack against Kenyans but an “assault on world peace. The time has come for the world to unite as never before in defeating this growing menace.” The archbishop called for Christians to stand fast. “Let us covenant together before God that we will never ever surrender our nation or our faith in Christ to those who glory in death and destruction. We will not be intimidated because we know and trust in the power of the cross, God’s power to forgive our sins, to turn death into the gate of glory and to make us his children for ever.”

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