March 2, 2015

A phenomenal job

Written by  EMM staff
Pastor George Nyaundi explains the dynamics of the conflict in Sotik, Kenya, to 2008-2009 YES team members. Pastor George Nyaundi explains the dynamics of the conflict in Sotik, Kenya, to 2008-2009 YES team members. Photo by Taylor Weidman.

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Mennonite pastor and church planter George Nyaundi has worked for peace in Sotik ever since the town erupted in violence during the controversial elections in Kenya in December, 2007. Sotik was the site of intense conflict between two distinct people groups, the Kisii and the Kipsigi, and George worked tirelessly to bring leaders from both sides together.

George began going door-to-door – visiting, encouraging, and praying with people. He sought out key church leaders and community leaders, insisting they dialogue about why they were actually fighting.

“George has done a phenomenal job of starting new churches,” said Aram DiGennaro, EMM’s regional representative in East Africa. “The success of his work has attracted attention from other Kenya Mennonite Church [KMC] leaders who want to experience that kind of growth and spiritual life in their own churches. His work is a great example of how EMM can work with partners to mobilize them for mission within their own context.”

In a setting where once even pastors and church members were carrying guns and shooting their neighbors, the Christians of Sotik now feel that God has called them to be agents of reconciliation between people groups. Now that is “doing peace!” 

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