A Sad Day In Kenya!

Many of you may of heard about or even seen the documentary called ‘Invisible Children’. If you’ve seen this film you will remember an amazing woman who, ultimately, introduced Jason, Bobby and Laren to the story of the Invisible Children. Her name is Mama Zipporah.

She is an amazing woman doing a work in Kenya that is bringing the hands and feet of Jesus to some of the most beautiful children in all of the world. She has become the mother of children that have been treated with the worst of the injustices anywhere in the world. She is a Saint, truly.

Much of the work that Mama Zipporah has done comes on the helms of her man, her husband, Papa Isaac (they call him). He’s the kind of guy that gave her his land (in Kenyan culture that is unheard of and totally radical) so that she could do the work God called her and them to do. He’s the kind of guy that works tirelessly towards the mission of justice, as he and Mama have adopted and house over 150+ children on their own.

Our church is very involved with the work that is happening at their home in Kenya called Huruma Children’s Home and we know them personally and love them quite immensely.

That being said I just received this email:

Today at 3:00pm in Kenya, Papa Isaac, Mama Zipporahs husband died suddenly of a heart attack.  Our heart is so very very sad for Mama and all the Children.   Papa was a tower of influence of Christ in that community and especially to Mama.  We are trying to figure out how to help her and the children right now.   So please pray for them and also Shauna (who is from Cornerstone working full-time @ Huruma) who is not sure how to help.

If you want to send a prayer or note the following are there email addresses:
Mama –  mamazipporah@yahoo.com
Caroline (Papa and Mama’s biological daughter) – naisy80@yahoo.com

I believe they would be encouraged by your prayers and support.


1. PLEASE PRAY. pray for Gods peace to rush in and hug them close.

2. If you have ANY platform to raise awareness and/or donations for Huruma Children’s Home and this situation DO IT (Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Websites, literal Stages or any other creative way)! You can link them to my blog entry or directly to the Huruma Website. Email me if you have any questions brianwurzell@gmail.com

3. GIVE. Give them whatever you can. If you have a $1 or $5 or a MILLION and you can give…GIVE!! Because Huruma is such a grassroots movement (they don’t have the backing of World Vision or Compassion, etc…) Papa was a huge source of generating income for them, beyond some donations from a few relationships they have. any donations that you might be willing to make in the honor of Papa Isaac…which I think would be an INCREDIBLE expression of love to them in these day can be made by clicking the following logo (let’s blow them away with financial support, let’s build their dorm in his honor):

Please remember Mama, Caroline, the children of Huruma and the workers in these days as they grieve this very hard loss of a man that brought much joy, strength and balance to their home. Pray that the mission and work of Huruma would continue and that they would find so much love in the midst of their pain.

Listen to the words of this Psalm in light of it all:

Psalm 103

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-

3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.

17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children-

18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.

21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.

22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.

19 responses to “A Sad Day In Kenya!

  1. that’s so heartbreaking. I will definitely be praying for them. I look forward to hearing how God is going to use this though because we know and trust that He will. I know He will do big things with His good and faithful servant.

  2. Thanks Brian for this wonderful blog. Since I had the blessing of sharing in Mama & Papa’s love at Huruma this past summer, this is an especially hard time.

  3. Definitely, friend.

    Thanks for the update.

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  5. thank you for letting us know! i’ll definitely help get the word out.

  6. Very sad to hear that and I will do my part and give towards their efforts.

    The Langston family will be in prayer for Mama Zipporah and the many children she continues to watch over.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of this tremendous loss! No words can express what they are experiencing at this time. What a loving, giving ministry they have! Thank you, Brian, for getting the word out. I will definitely be praying for Mama Zipporah; Caroline; the children of Huruma; and others who have been affected by this!

  8. Thanks for the update, Brian. Posting on my blog is done.

  9. thank you for posting this, brian (especially with the convenient platform to give financially!) Isaac is a beautiful soul and his legacy of love and faith for his family and ALL of his children will live on.

  10. That is one very very sad and surprising news. He was truly a man of God. Thanks God, we are believers, and for that reason we have a place with him in heaven. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.

    May God be your comforter, Fred

  11. Dear Mama Zipporah and children, I have not met you personally but know you by photos and emails and the projects we have shared but that alone has blessed my life and heart. I am praying for you all during this great loss and sorrow. I will not forget you. We will keep doing all we can to help your great mission. May God comfort you all and give you peace. Much Love, Shirl

  12. We can’t forget his humble and generous nature.
    We Pray together with you during this emotive and sad moment.

  13. This is a very big loss. I was fortunate enough to spend time with him and he was a very kind and energetic man. My thoughts are with his family.

  14. My heart goes out to Mama Zipporah and all her children. This loss is sudden and great. I am so sorry not to have met this great man. I have heard so much about his kindness, generosity, love and support….he has touched so many lives across the world and enabled the blessed ministry of the Huruma Children’s Home.
    With love and many prayers,

  15. Katie (Placido) Savage

    So very sad and so sudden. Praying for Huruma and Mama. Love!

    The defender to the orphans and widows psalm 68 5

  17. I have had the previlage of knowing Isaac for the last 37 years both as my best friend (and one of my best men in my weding), my collegue, workmate, family friend among his many quallities. We last me when he preached at my son’s wedding whom they with Ziporah had mentored to become saved from alchohol and drug abuse. Ziporah my family will pray for you and your “whole” family. I will not be able to join you when you give him his last send off as am in TZ but my wife Margaret will definately be there. Like Elijah to Elisha, may God give you a double portion of everything your husband and my dear friend had.

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