Email from Dr. Mwiti, Monday night, September 23, 2013

BY michaelclesceri | 24 September 2013 |

Dear Langham friends,

By now you may have received the good, but sobering, news of a resolution of the terrorist and hostage situation in Nairobi, Kenya. As we grieve over the violence and sheer senselessness of the attack, Langham Scholar Dr. Gladys Mwiti provided another update a number of hours ago as the crisis unfolded. Her words below bring a graphic, frontline reminder of the vital work of Gladys and her team — and how it will continue for months as they care for victims and family members. Please continue to pray for Gladys and those she leads as they shine hope into darkness.

So often I share the “down the stream” impact of a biblically trained Langham scholar. Dr. Mwiti is one shining example of more than 300 Langham Scholars around the world, all shaping their nations, providing leadership and elevating God’s Word. By providing biblical solutions to everyday, local problems, including crises like the one faced in Nairobi, we again acknowledge that God’s Word is relevant to the whole of life

This is possible because of your prayers and support.

Together in Christ,

Ben Homan

Benjamin K. Homan

President,
Langham Partnership USA

 

Email from Dr. Mwiti, Monday night, September 23, 2013

 

Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,

Thank you all for your prayers. It’s late — almost midnight. We’ve been on our feet for three days with brief rest at night. Don’t worry — we are after all the “trainers” on self-care, and are remembering to practice what we preach.

Pray for us though. For the final conclusion on this matter. Our armed forces are almost there. I’m sure you’re following the news online.

By this afternoon, we had trained 183 counselors and psychologists in basic Psychological First Aid and divided them up into service teams for hospitals, drop ins at the Crisis Center, to work with various groups: children, volunteers, armed personnel, media teams, the Kenya Red Cross Teams, etc. We have a long list of more professional people that need training.

I continue to be in charge of the intervention with a willing team of helpers around me. I’m also handling media interviews alongside the team. Today, I was briefly interviewed by CNN and tomorrow, I’m on NTV again. Another member of the Team was on Citizen TV.

Everyone is working from one location. We are now organized and coordinated. Thank you for your prayers. More centers will open soon.

I am so delighted that Kenya now can stand strong in the psychology and counseling professions. Once, I could not have so many psychological mental health workers and many interested in volunteering for this great work.

So, pray on for us as we continue so that our strength will be multiplied.

The Nation is united as one. Just Google our President’s speech on the attack and you’ll see why we have so much hope.

Last night, a call went out for blood donations. Today, 5,000 people turned up in the Nairobi center alone and many more in other cities. Food is being delivered and more prepared wherever there is activity. We shall pull though.

Thanks again,

Gladys

 

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