Africa Mission Report: Kenya and Central African Republic

Dec 06, 2002 12:38 PM EST

Kenya -- Attacks last week in Mombasa, Kenya are spurring concerns that Al Qaeda operatives are active throughout East Africa. Mounting security issues are also playing a role in future missions work. Evangelist Sammy Tippit. "One of the things that I have discovered is that when nations are facing turmoil, as such is happening in Kenya and all throughout East Africa, that that's the time the Gospel really needs to go forth. I don't believe that we need to act out of fear from Osama Bin Laden or Al Qaeda network, but we need to act in faith that God is going to work in a mighty way." Despite State Department warnings, Tippit says his team is still making preparations for February's events. "What has transpired has called into question whether we should be so visible in doing that, but we have great peace that God is going to protect us, that God is going to take care of our team, and we're going to move forward."

Central African Republic -- Sporadic fighting between government and rebel forces continues in the north of the Central African Republic since an October coup attempt. With little progress toward peace, the U.S. Embassy recommended Americans leave Bangui (BAHN-gee). Mission Aviation Fellowship last month evacuated more than 14 people from the Central African Republic. All are missionary refugees from Bangui. Please pray for MAF's workers as they adjust to their new situation, and for the local believers as they carry on.

By Albert H. Lee
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