This past April, Christian students at Garissa University College in Kenya gathered to pray one morning as usual. As the result of a coordinated terrorist attack, 142 of these students were killed, including five who served on the campus leadership team. News of this event quickly circled the globe and the response of Christian students around the world reflected Paul’s truth, “If one member suffers, all suffer together.” [I Corinthians 12:26] Students organized a week of prayer using Facebook and other social media. Money was raised to help survivors and bereaved families. One of the messages sent - “One thing is sure: our students in Kenya will not die in vain. May the words of our Lord Jesus in John 12:24 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 encourage our hearts. These students stood for Christ to the very end...Their blood will serve the spread of the gospel of love in Kenya, on the African Continent and the world over.”

We want to encourage each other to join these students in praying... and then to move from prayer to “participating” with them in their time of pain and persecution. Pray for the church to grow in numbers and in knowing the great love and redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ. In your prayers remember Jesus’ encouragements both for your own life and for the lives of those who suffer on in grief.

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels - a plentiful harvest of new lives.” [John 12:24 NLT]

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.” [2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NLT]