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Church-supported school fills as Kenya floods

For the past five years, church members in Kenya have been praying for rain. Now they’re praying for it to stop. The worst flooding in more than a decade has claimed more than 100 lives in the East African country, according to CNN. The torrential rainfall, which was expected to continue through early January, also has raised fears of cholera and malaria epidemics.
As the flood waters destroyed homes in Kisumu, in western Kenya, government officials asked church member Jared Odhiambo if people could stay at the Ring Road Orphanage Day School, a ministry of the Kisumu church. Soon, the school was “flooded with people,” said Odhiambo, the school’s administrator.
The church has collected $1,700 to buy food, medicine and mosquito nets for the flood victims. More than 100 people visit the school each day to receive supplies, and the local government is praising the church for its work, Odhiambo said.
The Poplar Avenue church in Wichita, Kan., supports the ministry.
Jan. 1, 2007

Filed under: International Staff Reports

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