Message from FWCC Africa Section Office to Friends in Kenya and Rwanda

 FWCC Africa Section

Date: 27th July, 2017

We at the Friends World Committee for Consultation Africa Section office wish to encourage Friends in Rwanda and Kenya to be champions for peace in their countries as they head into elections in just a few days to come. Our prayer to you is recorded in Jeremiah 3:15 -Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding

Be reminded that:

Quakers are defined by our uniqueness, we guard our hearts jealously. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and being led by relying on God’s promises of universal love; let’s make the intention of our hearts clear during this time and may peace beyond comprehension rule our minds.

Quakers don’t look down upon neither condemn others, for Christ’s love cut’s across. As leaders and as a Church, let our lives speak as it has been our calling, may our greater good override self-centredness, to know, speak, walk and act truthfully to tend the peace of all.

Quaker Peace Testimony calls us to action to be bi partisan maintaining our credibility, respectability and acceptability as a Church part of human family. Pray that our countries will continue to be cohesive and integrated during and after the elections, let’s be mindful of every other person regardless of their ethnicity, sex, age or living standards.

Let our hope be unfailing that God will give you leaders with knowledge, understanding after His very own heart and His Mercy and peace shall be granted; abhor violence, for when violence erupts the loser is not a political party or an individual, the whole nation loses. When God is sought for spiritual influence He will command peaceful atmosphere both in Kenya and Rwanda.

Kindly encourage Young (Quakers) Friends to vote and support their participation and promotion of peaceful elections 2017 in both countries. We call upon the Yearly Meetings to support the Quaker peace activities prior to, during and after voting in respective countries.

The Quaker Peace Testimony

“We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; and this is our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which leads us into all Truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world.”

Declaration of Friends to Charles II, 1660

Signed:

 

Churchill Malimo                                                                   CC    Bainito Wamalwa

Executive Secretary                                                                       Clerk

‘‘Our principle is, and our Practice have always been, to seek peace and ensue it’’