Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying with us this week for Dr. Susan Murithi from Kenya.

An equatorial country know for its savannahs, wildlife, and prehistoric sites in the Great Rift Valley, the Republic of Kenya is home to 48 million people (86% Christian and 11% Muslim) from an estimated 47 ethnic groups. Approximately 75% of Kenyans work in agriculture and over one-third of Kenyans live below the global poverty line (1.90 USD per day). Economic disruptions due to COVID-19 have deprived at least 1.7 million Kenyans of jobs and income. Thousands of children from poor families remain unable to return to school, despite nationwide re-openings this month.

 
A pastor and professor at Kenya Methodist University, Susan completed her PhD in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Her research on contextual discipleship and urban lay ministry seeks to guide and strengthen the Church’s ministries, especially in urban areas where the population is expected to quadruple by 2050. Susan and her husband Jeff have two daughters: Faith (15) and Neema (11).
 
Susan shares the following message:

Kenya is deeply engaged in political wrangles right now, as politicians get ready for the presidential elections next year (August 2022). Kenyan citizens are suffering from the effects of the coronavirus that has plagued the world. Many more people have fallen into unemployment, and income is a big struggle for many families. Please pray for Kenya to overcome these political and economic challenges. 
 
Also pray for my family as my husband pursues his PhD in Counselor Education at Asbury Theological Seminary. We trust that he should be able to complete his coursework this year. The children are doing well in their studies too. Pray that they can focus on their work and learn to love God with their whole hearts. 
 
I am serving with a church here in the Great Plains as I wait for my husband to finish his degree. Pray that the Lord will continue to use me to disciple these people and teach them the ways of the Lord. 
 
My school back home is making arrangements for me to teach online as we prepare to go home. Pray that this endeavor succeeds, especially with our Internet setup. 
 
Thanks for your prayers and support in ministry. God bless you.
 
Susan Murithi