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  • Kenyan family introduced to the ‘Great Physician’

    Fatuma* is raising her five children in a one-room metal house among 2.5 million people who dwell in an estimated 200 slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the squalid living conditions, she knows her children have something she never had as a child: love. After she was orphaned, Fatuma was sent to her aunt and uncle to be raised.

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  • N.C. pastor plans to start Kenyan orphanage

    August 20 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. pastor plans to start Kenyan orphanage

    Because of a trip to East Africa eight years ago and a life of twists and turns, Wesley Wallis believes God has equipped his family to start an orphanage in Kenya. “God has prepared me,” said the pastor of Walstone Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville. “God has prepared my wife.”

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  • Youth leader, NOBTS student, dies on mission trip

    January 5 2018 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    Youth leader, NOBTS student, dies on mission trip

    Even as family and friends mourn the loss of a loved one, they are celebrating the Christ-honoring legacy left behind by Emily Martin, an interim youth leader who died Jan. 1 while serving on her third mission trip to Kenya. Martin passed away following complications from a blood clot that developed inside her lungs.

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  • Humanitarian emergency: Africa’s famine & drought

    March 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Humanitarian emergency: Africa’s famine & drought

    Hunger and thirst often prevent members of Kamakowa Baptist Church in Kimusu, Kenya from attending worship, pastor Tom Ogalo Ngoya said in an appeal for aid to the country where drought is a national disaster. “It’s [disheartening] to watch your children beg for water and food,” Ngoya stated in an email.

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  • Missionary’s conviction highlights need for better vetting

    March 14 2016 by Onize Ohikere, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Missionary’s conviction highlights need for better vetting

    A U.S. federal court has sentenced a former missionary, Matthew Lane Durham, 21, from Oklahoma to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage. His arrest and conviction highlights the need for more vetting procedures in international volunteering, experts say.

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  • Muslims protect Christians in Kenyan bus attack

    January 4 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Muslims protect Christians in Kenyan bus attack

    Islamic militants with Somalia’s al-Shabaab are suspected of attacking a commuter bus in northeast Kenya on Dec. 21. The attack killed two people and injured at least six others. A group of Islamist gunmen ambushed the bus and attempted to divide passengers into Muslim and Christian groups. But Muslim passengers refused to cooperate ...

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  • Mission team hatches plan to care for Kenyan orphans

    November 2 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Mission team hatches plan to care for Kenyan orphans

    On Oct. 1 a team of five people set out to take a hybrid form of agriculture called aquaponics to western Kenya. The story began with Jeremy Wixson, a former fish hatcheries project manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Wixson has a master’s degree in fisheries management and worked in the field for more than a decade. Yet, he had a persistent feeling that his skills could be used in other ways for God’s Kingdom.

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  • Westgate mall reopens, demonstrating Kenya’s resilience

    August 20 2015 by Nicole Lee, IMB Connections | with 0 comments
    Westgate mall reopens, demonstrating Kenya’s resilience

    Westgate shopping mall reopened its doors to shoppers Saturday, July 18, just 22 months after the horrific four-day siege that left 67 people dead and 175 wounded. This show of resilience and courage came less than a week before a scheduled visit to Kenya by U.S. president Barack Obama.

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  • Students in Kenya to hold day of prayer

    April 9 2015 by Toni Braddix, IMB Communications | with 0 comments
    Students in Kenya to hold day of prayer

    In an attempt to counter the fear, suspicion and anxiety that followed the April 2 terrorist attack at Garissa University in eastern Kenya, Christian students at the University of Nairobi are organizing a day of fasting and prayer on their campus.

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  • Once dying church, begins new focus after re-launch

    July 21 2014 by Tobin Perry, NAMB/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Once dying church, begins new focus after re-launch

    When Jim Jackson became the pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tenn., in January 2013, his first move wasn’t what most people might expect. He closed the church. Faith Fellowship seemed destined to become one of the 1,000 churches Southern Baptists close annually.

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  • Kenya may see more strife

    October 16 2013 by Ken Chitwood, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Kenya may see more strife

    While the smoke that hung over the Westgate Shopping Mall has dissipated, a quiet tension still lingers in the air throughout the capital.

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  • An American from Nairobi writes ‘We Are One’

    October 16 2013 by Nicole Lee, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    An American from Nairobi writes ‘We Are One’

    Jessie Yates writes from a perspective on the violence in Nairobi that is insider information saying, “I am an American whose heart belongs in Kenya.”

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  • Nairobi mall terror witnessed by missionaries

    September 25 2013 by Charles Braddix, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nairobi mall terror witnessed by missionaries

    As sporadic gunfire continued to echo through sections of Nairobi and smoke hovered over Westgate Shopping Mall, the International Mission Board (IMB) announced that all its personnel were accounted for.

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  • 9-year-old sacrifices presents to help children

    October 16 2012 by Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide | with 0 comments
    9-year-old sacrifices presents to help children

    Emma Morgan’s ninth birthday was not like any before it. After hearing about a big need for children living in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, Emma wanted to do something to help.

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  • 18 dead in twin church attacks in Kenya

    July 3 2012 by Baptist Press, Open Doors USA | with 0 comments

    At least 18 people died while 66 were wounded in Kenya’s northeastern town of Garissa on July 1 when assailants burst into the Africa Inland Church (AIC) and Catholic Church, shooting at worshipers with firearms and detonating grenades. Two policemen guarding the AIC churches were among those killed. Four of the injured are in critical condition in Nairobi hospitals.

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