Week beginning: 10th July, 2016

By Alasdair Henderson | London

"Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
'He won't call me to account'?
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror."

Psalm 10:12-18 (NIV)

Praying for justice in Kenya

On 23 June Willie Kimani, a lawyer from the Kenya office of International Justice Mission, an organisation who work with our CLEAR partners, was abducted in Nairobi along with his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri. They were on their way home from a court hearing. Willie had been representing Josephat as he sought to challenge false charges brought against him by a police officer in April 2015.

On 1 July the appalling news came through that the bodies of all three men had been found. The full facts are yet to emerge, but there is some evidence that they may have been detained in a police compound, tortured and executed.

This world is full of violence as a result of human sin. At times it can seem overwhelming and like the Psalmist we can feel as if God is absent and that those who commit terrible acts of violence do so with impunity.

But like the Psalmist, we can have confidence that God does see, does consider and will punish wickedness and violence. The brave men and women of IJM and CLEAR know this and work tirelessly in the name of Christ to achieve justice for those who have been the subject of police abuse and other forms of violent oppression in Kenya and elsewhere around the world. And we have a sure hope in a future day when the Lord Jesus will return as King to right every wrong and end all violence.

Prayer points:

1. Cry out to the Lord about the violence in our world and ask Him to intervene. In particular pray that He would ensure the murderers of Willie, Josephat and Joseph are brought to justice, and that their families would be comforted by a very real sense of His presence and the practical love of the church at this time.
2. Praise God that He is sovereign and that one day soon King Jesus will return and there will be no more violence or injustice ever again.

Action point:

If you want to find out more about how to help IJM Kenya in the light of this tragedy, click here.