Friday, 16 May 2014

The dark heart of Kenya?

There's so much dreadful news in the headlines recently. And now more deaths in Nairobi, of people who were simply living their lives: shopping and using public transport. More terrorism. You have to wonder what further tragedies could be just around the corner.

I heard the news today at school, from a Kenyan teacher who is so saddened by what is happening in his country. And it made me want to balance the information slightly. If you read the papers you'd be forgiven for thinking that Kenya has a terrorist on every street corner and a thief in every house.

Now, nobody's perfect, but...

Kenya contains some of the most wonderful people in the world.

I've shaken many of these people by the hand. People who work hard for their families. People who hate terrorism as much as you do. People who smile that genuine smile that has no hidden edge to it - they are just happy to chat to you. People who have time for you. People who want to share their lives with you. People who love to laugh. People of faith.

So, if you ever have the privilege of visiting Kenya, expect hospitality and humour. Expect friendly faces and enough sugar in your tea to sink a small boat. 

I'm not ignoring the evil out there - oh yes, it's there. But there sure are some wonderful people in this beautiful country.   

I have to say, I'm with King David on this one:

"As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight." (Psalm 16v3)

Yup, many people are an absolute delight to know. Thank God for them!

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