A Time to Mourn

September 25, 2013

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation. (Photo courtesy of BBC)

After four tense days in Nairobi, the Westgate Mall attack appears to be over. Last evening, Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced that the terrorist siege of the Westgate Mall had ended.

Five terrorists were killed and 11 captured and taken into custody.  Others may have escaped or be buried in the rubble.

Many questions remain unanswered, but it seems that the worst is over.

It is reported that 68 people have died, but the Red Cross reports at least another 60 people remain missing. During the final stages of the attack, three floors of the mall collapsed, covering many bodies in rubble so the number of dead may be more.

Three Days of mourning have been declared in Kenya. This morning my children and I participated in a prayer vigil at their school. Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi

The coming days and weeks will doubtlessly tell more tales of heroism and grim terror as survivors are interviewed and CCTV video is reviewed. The drama that unfolded in Westgate has shaken all of us living and working in Nairobi. This is truly a time of mourning. But we have the assurance from our Lord that "blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Please join us in continuing to pray for the people of Kenya, especially those directly impacted by the attacks in Westgate.

The Westgate Mall Attack is a 9/11 moment for Kenya. I'm afraid It will always be remembered as a turning point in the nation.

May God have mercy and heal this land and everyone who has been impacted by these traumatic events.