Our Lord said, “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2Ch 7:13-14 NAS95)
Having just returned from Kenya this month, I saw firsthand the effects of one of the worst droughts to hit Kenya in 10 years. In 2014, the long rains between March and May were little to none in most parts of Maasai land. The short rain between October and November did little to provide relief. As of today, there has been no rain in what should be the beginning of the rainy season of March-May of 2015. The government of Kenya estimates that over 1.6 million people are affected.
No rain means no grass which, in turn, affects the cattle which all Maasai depend upon for their livelihood. Cattle that normally sold for as much as $400 years ago, in many cases are selling for less than $50 today, because they have no weight. Some have been sold for as low as $25. No rain also means little or no crops. The shortage of food is causing rising prices.
In January we paid $300 to fill our tanks at the mission house.
Crops and cattle are dying. People are suffering. Children are hungry and missing school to help get water and tend animals far away from their homes. Will you join me in praying that our Lord would glorify Himself by sending rain? Let’s think about all we take for granted, like food and water. Let’s turn away from all the worldly concerns that so easily distract us from prayer. Let’s ask God to search our hearts and convict us of sin that may affect our prayer life. Let’s beseech Him for spiritual rain in America and physical rain in Kenya. Let’s ask God to heal our land and theirs. In the next update, I will share how we can provide some practical help to our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
Seeking His Face, Sharing His Grace (Psalm 67:1-2),
Alan McAlister, President
Calvary Road Ministries
4100 Fulton Rd.
Corryton, TN 37721