Assistant Pastor Lawrence Kazungu Kadenge was murdered in the early morning hours of 2 February while guarding the Glory of God Ministries Church in Mombasa.
Although police are still investigating the murder, it is believed that radical Muslims may have killed the 59-year-old assistant pastor for alerting police about security threats and for preaching the Gospel close to a mosque.
Kadenge’s death has increased fears among pastors in the area. Several pastors have been murdered recently in the Mombasa region, and churches along the coastal area have been attacked by radical Muslims who are trying to create an independent state there.
Several days before Kadenge’s murder, police raided the Masjid Musa Mosque in Mombasa; one person was killed in the raid, and two police officers were seriously injured. Police suspected that the mosque was being used to recruit Muslim youths to engage in terrorist acts against Kenyan civilians. Police arrested 125 youths during the raid.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray the Lord will uphold and comfort the grieving and the fearful. May they keep their eyes on Jesus, persevere in their faith, and not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 10:32-39; 12:1-3).
- Pray the Lord will grant the authorities His wisdom, strength and direction as they bring the perpetrators to justice and prevent further attacks.
- Pray the Lord will use Pastor Lawrence’s example of faithfulness as a witness to the Gospel.