Kenyan mur­ders ‘won’t stop up spread­ing the Gospel’

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THE MUR­DER of 148 Kenyan Chris­tian stu­dents by mem­bers of the So­mali Is­lamist ter­ror group al-Shabaab 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 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 ver y 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 that 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,” he said.

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 glor y and to make us his chil­dren for ever.”

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