At Kenya funeral, Kobia decries criminal violence

Causes more deaths than warfare
Criminal violence, like the murder of a retired Presbyterian missionary and her daughter during a carjacking in Kenya, is claiming many more lives than warfare, lamented Samuel Kobia, the head of the World Council of Churches.

Kobia, a Kenyan Methodist minister, called for an end to violence globally while attending a funeral service near Nairobi for his onetime mentor Lois Anderson, 80, a four-decade missionary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and her Ugandan-born daughter, Zelda White, 52.

“As the WCC and all the churches around the world, we urge those who love life and human dignity to join hands in praying for an end to violence in this country and this world,” said Kobia, the WCC’s general secretary, at the February 2 funeral.

The women were killed by carjackers January 27 near Nairobi while on their way to visit a friend. Anderson, a native of Pennsylvania, had worked as a missionary in Kenya and Sudan.


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