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What Americans Need to Know about Christian Persecution in Kenya

What Americans Need to Know about Christian Persecution in Kenya

In a column for the Washington Times, Bethany Blankley writes that American Christians must take action to help Christians in foreign countries.

In the column, Blankley writes about Pastor Josh Lawrence, who planted Calvary Chapel in Kenya, with his wife four years ago.

“Over the last four years attacks have ranged from hurling hand grenades from a church pulpit toward congregants to attacking Christians at barbershops, bus stops, football matches, hotels, produce markets, shops, or while driving or walking along a road,” Blankley said.

Lawrence added: “Over the last two years persecution in Kenya is at its height. Kenyan media is accurately covering the recent attack on Christians in Garissa, but the American news media is not. In Garissa, for example, the Muslims asked each student whether or not they were a Christian. If they said yes, the Muslims killed them. If they answered that they were Muslim, they were free to leave.”

Lawrence suggested that Christians can gain a better understanding of why missionaries choose to go to dangerous foreign countries. He added that all Christians are called to act.

Jesus told us to love our enemies and do good to those who hurt us. He did not give us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind and peace,” he said.

Publication date: April 14, 2015