This Monday is a holiday here as Kenyans will be going to the polls to vote for their next president as well as for all other government offices. This will be the first major election since the 2007 post-election violence that resulted in the deaths of over 1000 people and the displacement of about 600,000 people. You can read more about that here and here.
Since the 2007 elections, Kenya has made great strides to insure peaceful elections in the future. They've established a new constitution that creates a better balance of power, the judicial system has the authority to solve election disputes and the media as well as churches are promoting peace and are praying for a smooth election process.
We ask that you would join us in praying for peace in Kenya and for good, strong leaders for this nation. We are hoping that the election results will be clear and decisive and that candidates will graciously and peacefully accept these results.
We have taken necessary precautions to buy food and provisions in advance so that we won't need to travel on election day or the days immediately following. We do not believe that we are in any danger and are not concerned for our own personal safety. We receive reliable information about the political climate from the US Embassy and from various mission organizations here who are able to provide us with current information about the on-going political stability and need for added security measures.
We are grateful for our prayer supporters and appreciate your lifting up Kenya during this time.