By Malesi Kinaro
Dear Nancy [General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation],
Things must be pretty hectic as you and colleagues prepare to receive
delegates for the FWCC Triennial. The theme of the conference [Finding
the Prophetic Voice for our Time] is very appropriate in the world
today. With wars and conflicts, effects of global warming and other
destructive human activities the world is in a state of great disrepair.
How I wish it were possible for our beautiful world to be repaired.
So I pose to ask even myself, what is my prophet voice in the middle
of the chaos? Even if I were to know, as many of us know, what
is the best way to speak so that that voice can be heard?
For me as a Kenyan Quaker, my deep concern is how Quakers in Kenya
can re-discover our heritage as a peace church. How can we or at
least some of us be available to calm the voices that are so hot
around us especially in this election year? How can we reach out
to people who are hurting themselves in Mt. Elgon, in Molo, in
Central Province? Who among us will have the courage to reach out
to the armed youths cutting off people’s heads within the
Sabaot Land Force or the Mungiki?
A few of us hope to do this in the near future. We have started
the journey with support from the African Great Lakes Initiative
and hope to continue more vigorously. We need you Friends gathered
at King’s Hospital School in Dublin to hold us in the Light.
For me this is one way in which we can find our prophetic voice.
The ability to comfort and help in the healing, to hear the story
from all sides and to have the courage to ask those in position
of responsibility to LISTEN to those voices not with guns but with
a desire and a plan to correct the wrongs that lead people to act
worse than animals. My counseling professor always stressed that
you can only succeed in counseling if you earn the right to be
We at Friends in Peace and Community Development (FPCD) hold you
in our prayers. We pray for journey mercies for all who are travelling.
We pray for a spiritual renewal for all those gathered for without
this we may give a human prophecy rather than that which comes
As we think globally we must continue to act locally for it is
only the collective small actions of many that can bring sustainable
change to the world. LET OUR LIGHT SO SHINE IN THE WORLD THAT THOSE
WHO SEE US WILL KNOW THAT CHRIST LIVES IN US. LET THAT LIGHT CHANGE
THE BOMBS INTO MACHETES, THE GUNS INTO TRACTORS, HOES, GREEN ENERGY.
Thank you for keeping me informed of what Quakers are doing in the
world by sending to me the FWCC newsletter.
Malesi Kinaro is Founder of Friends for Peace and
Community Development that has built the Friends Peace Center in
Lubao, Executive Director
of the Uzima Foundation, and former Executive Secretary of FWCC—Africa