On that day, we had been hungry for a few days. We were seven kids, born to one mother in close successions. All of us had downtrodden faces with stomachs that were flatter than a piece of paper lying on the floor. Hunger was a close friend whom we had known very well as a family.

Francisca Aketch in her home.

  It was a daily occurrence like the dew on the...
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A small fracture can ruin a leg.

A small defect can sink a ship.

A small crack can break a metal.

... and a small character problem can ruin a man. We often think that disasters are made up of random isolated acts that usually invade like an armed bandit. We sometimes see people who have fallen, failed or made terrible mistakes as just a coincidence. My friend, let me break the news to you, nothing is...
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A majority of us are predictable. In our speech, what we do, how we walk, talk and even how we think. Well, predictability can be a good attribute because it projects an image of stability. Yet being predictable can be counter productive.

Lend me your ears, fellow earthlings. If you are predictable, it means that you will do the same things the same way and yet miraculously pray for a different result. When you...
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Marriage is no joke. I’ve always known that but never in my life has this message sank deeper and taken root in my heart, mind, soul and spirit like it has now. I have seen couples who were the envy of many people break up in spectacular fashion.

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I have seen couples who had fronted such a perfect image that when the cracks began to show, nobody...
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When he was born in Nanyuki in 1974, Macharia Raphael had a normal childhood. Yet a few years after his presence on the planet, in class two to be specific, a whirlwind of uncertainty disrupted his young life.

An attempted Coup d'état in Kenya forced his family to move to Karatina to avoid the heavy combat that was going on in Nanyuki. Living with his grandmother in Karatina, the challenges were numerous than the...
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When I gave my life to Christ on 28th February 2007, I had lived such a wild life that I doubted if I could ever experience the true transformation that the bible promised. But that day, when I accepted Christ as my Lord and saviour, it was such a powerful transformation that I literally felt like a new being.

Weights of baggage were lifted off my back. I felt younger. My heart that was heavy suddenly...
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It’s been almost two years since I started writing. To say that the journey has been bumpy and exciting would be an understatement. I’ve gone through the days when my adrenaline levels were high above the roof. Yet I’ve also had moments when I struggled to believe that I was meant to write.

There are days when the comments sections of my articles generated such bile that I wanted to close my eyes...
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I had mulled over the idea of running for the leadership of the student body for a while before I finally threw myself into the ring. I was in a dilemma because of several factors.

While I noticed student needs that needed to be filled through the student government, I didn't know if I really wanted to throw myself in the pool of politics. I was the incumbent chairperson of the Christian Fellowship...
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The message that the bible propagates is so perfect that it raises the moral bar for those who believe in Jesus. When Jesus again spoke of building a church that no gates of hell shall prevail against, the moral bar by default was raised for the church.

safe-haven-2 The bar has been extraordinarily high for men of the cloth and disciples of Jesus Christ. What the world fails to recognise is that the religious leaders...
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