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Closing Out the Justice Conference…by Stephen Coy

Our team finished up our justice conference yesterday afternoon. The week has been a blur, but we are now on our way back home.

On the final day, I had the opportunity to wrap up our series on conflict resolution. Then we turned everything over to our Kenyan friends to brainstorm implementation strategies to address the challenges their country faces. We organized the participants in breakout groups and asked them to present their plan of action in front of the entire conference.

Evidently, our friends fully received the message that we did our best to deliver.

A group of Kenyan lawyers, judges, and leaders of churches, charitable organizations and communities rallied together to formulate articulate strategies to address the major issues affecting Kenya. The plans were grounded in spiritual truth based on the biblical teaching we covered during the week. The Kenyans presented their plans in front of the group with passion, hope, and national pride that left all of us very encouraged and inspired.

I had the opportunity to discuss the conference with many of the participants once it was concluded. One conversation seems to stand out though. He was a bishop that presides over 82 churches and works directly with the Kenyan government on coordinating interfaith peace coalitions. He was thrilled with the conference and wants to use some the material we had the privilege to teach over the week. I suppose we could not hope for any greater feedback.

As we leave Kenya and all of the new friends we made, I cannot help but feel overwhelmed by the kindness of the people we are leaving behind and the sense of optimism they have moving forward. It has been a tremendous blessing to be a part of this team, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for the people of Kenya.

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