Radical Islamic threats are draining the brain (and the Christianity) from the northern part of Kenya bordering Somalia.
Al-Shabaab has been incurring into North Eastern Kenya out of Somalia for the last few months. These counties have a high Somali population. Bruce Allen of FMI says, “There have been attacks specifically against Christians, specifically against Christian teachers . . . They’re saying if you can recite The Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith, we let you go. If you can’t, we kill you. And in the last few months, more than 30 teachers have been killed in those counties.”
Read about the past atrocities committed by al-Shabaab here.
The response, Allen says, has been for teachers to demand transfers out of these counties. The Kenyan government places teachers, but many have now essentially gone on strike, saying, as Allen summarizes, “We can’t serve here. We are targeted for death. If we do, it puts us, our families, our students at risk.”
Education and faith vacuum
The departure of these teachers is creating a vacuum for good education and for Christianity. At the moment, Allen says, COVID-19 has closed all the schools. “So perhaps in the weeks that the schools [are] closed, the government’s going to be able to come up with an appropriate response to the teacher demands: either for protection and safety or for transfer.”
But the closure also means the students are missing lessons and may not have teachers when they return.
And these attacks affect Christianity in the region as well. Many of the threatened teachers are Christians, and their departure means students will no longer be taught a biblical worldview founded on Christ.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the people of Kenya’s North Eastern province, that they would embrace the risen Christ.
- Consider supporting FMI’s efforts to plant churches among the Somali population of Kenya.
- Pray that al-Shabaab would lose all of their power and influence to do harm.