After reading this passage recently, God brought to mind one of the Caleb Pastors in Kenya, a dear friend to many of us here at Harbour, Pastor Mugo.
Pastor Mugo and his family had faithfully started, grown and led a large Full Gospel Church in their former hometown. The townspeople and so then, his congregation were predominantly of the Luo tribe… who during the weeks and months leading up to the December 2007 national elections, were being prompted by tribal and political leaders to rise up against their Kikuyu neighbors, who are the largest and seen as the “dominant” tribe throughout Kenya. During the violent post election tribal clashes, Pastor Mugo, his wife Faith, both Kikuyus and their 3 daughters, Sheila, Charity and June, were literally run our of their hometown of Muhoroni, Kenya and fled east to Nyahururu..
In one devastating night, a large group of Luo’s, many from his own church congregation, burned down the church, broke in, looted and destroyed Faith’s small shop in town, burned a field of crop that Pastor was growing to help supplement his meager income as Pastor, and surrounded his home, forcing the family out with only two suitcases of belongings. They fled in their car eastward to safety in the middle of the night. Praising God that they escaped alive, and together, and completely dependent on God for their future… the next day… the next season… with their whole lives.