The Nairobi Standstill – Weekly Inspiring Image
Paul Machira models his running style in the lead up to the 8th annual Run for the Bibleless, a fun run in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. The run was held in March 2015 to raise funds for, and awareness of, communities in Kenya without a Bible in their language. The 10 kilometre event drew over 6000 enthusiastic participants from all over Nairobi and raised an estimated $74,000 towards the work of Bible translation in Kenya.
Paul works for Bible Translation & Literacy (BTL) – the local Wycliffe organisation in Kenya – and coordinates the run. His fervency reflects the shock he experienced when he first learned that there are still communities within Kenya without a Bible in their language. “That’s the urgency” says Paul, “with which I go to churches, schools and universities. I tell them that in our generation we must make a difference. Come and make a statement… let’s bring Nairobi to a standstill… Christians are running on behalf of those that have never heard about Jesus.”
The baton is being passed, and as BTL relies less and less on outside help they are raising up leaders and finances from within their own nation. Let us pray for, and cheer on, our Kenyan brothers and sisters who press on towards the goal set before them.
Photo & Words: Rodney Ballard