ICC Rescues a Martyr’s Family in Kenya

10/04/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Joshua was a Christian farmer, husband, and father of five who lived in eastern Kenya. For several years, Somali Muslim herders have harassed Christian farmers in Kenya by letting their cattle graze on local Christians’ farms, falsely claiming that the Christians do not own the land.

Last year, these tensions escalated when Joshua attempted to drive a herd of cattle belonging to Somali herders off his farm. Suddenly, three herdsmen emerged from the bush and attacked Joshua. Although his wife heard the commotion and rushed out to check on him, it was already too late. She found her husband unconscious and he died shortly thereafter.

Through his farm, Joshua was the main provider for his family, which has left his family scrambling to keep food on the table since his passing. In addition to day-to-day necessities, the family required support for their youngest daughter who needed a wheelchair and regular physiotherapy sessions.

Joining hands with local partners, ICC stepped in to provide the family with food aid, clothing, and medical assistance for their young daughter.

Joshua’s widow expressed, “When we saw you entering the gate, we thought it was a normal visit to come and pray with us like you and the pastor did when we lost [Joshua]. To our surprise, you told us to empty the vehicle that was packed with food and other valuable items. We were shocked.”

She continued, “I was very happy to receive a modern wheelchair for [our daughter], who has been using a metallic chair cushioned with old mattresses. She also started smiling when we transferred her to her new wheelchair. I can tell when she is happy about something, and today she is the happiest child on the whole earth… I do not even know what to say. This is an act out of this world.”

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