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New prison in Texas for detained immigrants features salad bar, unarmed guards

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C.—As prisons go, the detention center that opened in southern Texas last week may be a pleasant surprise for illegal immigrants and others awaiting possible deportation.

Behind tall walls, the grassy compound offers inmates a salad bar, a library with Internet access, cable TV, an indoor gym with basketball courts, and soccer fields. Instead of guards, unarmed “resident advisors” patrol the grounds in polo shirts and khakis.

It is a far cry from the grim and sometimes dangerous county lockups and local jails that hold most immigration detainees across the country.
The new 608-bed facility is in Karnes City, southeast of San Antonio, and will house only adult men who present minimal safety concerns or flight risk, officials said. It is part of an effort by the Obama administration to improve conditions for some of the 33,000 people now in detention as their immigration cases are reviewed.

Built on 29 acres of former farmland, the new facility was designed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to give detainees more freedom of movement and easier access to lawyers and medical care, as well as family visits. The first detainees are expected to arrive later this month.

“We are not detaining people for punitive reasons,” said Gary Mead, head of enforcement and removal operations for ICE, which handles deportations. “So the conditions can be different.”

Officials said the facility was a model for two more planned centers, in Crete, near Chicago, and in Southwest Ranches in southern Florida. But those sites will include separate areas for medium- and high-security detainees.

ICE has come under fire from news reports, internal investigations and human rights groups for putting people who have not been convicted of crimes in local jails and other facilities where overcrowding, sexual assaults and poor health conditions are rife.

Aggressive enforcement efforts have meant more people are being deported than ever before. Last year, 396,906 people were deported, a record number for the third year in a row.

More than 217,000 had criminal convictions and would not have been be eligible for low-security detention.
Critics in Congress charge that the Obama administration is coddling people before they are deported. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said a new 400-page manual that requires detainees to be granted access to medical care, recreation and fresh food reads “like a hospitality guideline.”

“Changes to these facilities look more like recess than detention,” Smith said.

The $32-million Karnes City complex was built and will be managed by GEO Group Inc. a publicly traded company. It was built directly for Karnes County, but to specifications set by ICE, which limited public scrutiny and congressional oversight.

GEO Group plans to recover its construction costs with an estimated $15 million in annual revenue from operating the facility. ICE will reimburse Karnes County for each detainee it houses there.

The U.S. government paid GEO Group more than $910 million between 2003 and 2011 to manage and provide other services to detention facilities across the United States. Corrections Corp. of America, another company that manages prisons, won at least $631 million in contracts from ICE during that time.

Some critics argue that even low-security facilities are too harsh . They say the noncriminal detainees who qualify for such treatment should be given less onerous alternatives, including telephone check-ins and ankle bracelets.

“The idea that you can just rely on ankle bracelets is a delusion,” said Stewart Baker, former head of policy for the Department of Homeland Security.

But opposition to privately run prisons has a long history.

After years of documented abuses, such prisons were banned in Illinois in 1990. In August 2011, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed an amendment that expanded the ban to local and county prisons.

Those laws don’t apply to immigrants and asylum seekers, however. Seeking to block the planned facility at Crete, local advocacy groups are pushing to expand the ban so it applies to civil detention facilities.

“They will want to maximize their profits, and their revenue depends in large part on filling their beds,” said Fred Tsao, policy director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that has opposed the Crete facility. “They have every incentive to skimp on quality of conditions, space and care provided to detainees.”

“The private prison corporations are making a tremendous profit off the detention of asylum seekers and other immigrants in detention,” said Bob Libal, a senior organizer at Grassroots Leadership, a Charlotte, N.C.-based nonprofit group that opposes the use of for-profit prisons and detention centers.

The Southwest Ranches plan in Florida also faces strong local opposition. Citing concerns about traffic congestion, property values and water shortages, the city commission of Pembroke Pines, which surrounds the site, recently voted to deny water and fire services to the planned facility.

Last week, Corrections Corp. of America, which is supposed to build the complex, filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that city officials “intentionally and unjustifiably interfered with the advantageous business relationship.”

Source: http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-new-prison-for-detained-immigrants-features-salad-bar-unarmed-guards-20120318,0,638278.story


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Top US immigration official says key rule change to take effect before January

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas

UNIVISION NEWS  A rule change designed to decrease the time some undocumented immigrants spend away from their families could be implemented by the end of this calendar year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas said Thursday.

The policy would allow some undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen family members to apply for a waiver from the so-called “three- and ten-year bars” from within the United States.

“We have committed to making it effective this year,” Mayorkas told reporters during a press conference to explain the agency’s strategic priorities for 2012. “I think we envision in the fourth quarter.”

The policy represents a change to existing immigration regulations that officials say prevent many people who are eligible for green cards through family ties from applying because doing so would subject them  to a three- or ten-year ban from the United States.

Under current law, people who leave the country after being in the U.S. illegally for more than 180 days, are banned from coming back for three years. The ban is extended to 10 years if the person is present unlawfully for more than a year.

Existing regulations allow those individuals to circumvent the ban through a waiver if they have a U.S. citizen parent or spouse who would suffer “extreme hardship” upon their removal from the country. In order to apply for the waiver, however, they have to leave the country.

Without a guarantee that their waivers will be approved — and facing an average processing period of six months even if it is approved — many prefer to stay in the United States illegally, rather than take the risk of long-term family separation.

The proposed changes aim to encourage them to go through the process by giving them some indication of whether an approval is likely before they leave.  A person applying for the waiver would still have to exit the country for a consular interview before the final adjudication, but the time he/she would have to spend away would be reduced to a matter of days.

The Obama administration first published a notice of intent to pursue a change in regulations in January. Mayorkas said Tuesday that USCIS will publish the actual proposal “imminently, in a matter of days or a week.” The public is then given 60 days to comment on the proposal, feedback that the agency will take into account in its final promulgation of the rule, expected to take effect by December.

Mayorkas also emphasized the agency’s efforts to strengthen initiatives to prevent fraudulent activity as a result of the new regulations.

“What we are seeing are cases of individuals who are misled by unscrupulous practitioners, or ‘notarios,’ who try to take advantage of the rule that is not yet effective and is only in proposed form, and not even yet in proposed form,” Mayorkas said. “We’re starting to see some victimization in the shadow of what is a tremendously important rule for the public.”

When the change was first announced in January, congressional Republicans, including Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), accused the administration of putting the interests of undocumented immigrants ahead of those of legal residents. Smith also characterized the change as a “back-door amnesty” for millions of people.

Mayorkas said the changes fall within the law and are merely intended to minimize the hardship of people who would be eligible for the waiver anyway. He added that the agency does not have an estimate of how many U.S. citizens, or how many of their undocumented family members, would benefit from the change.

“What this proposed rule does, is accomplish the law’s purpose more effectively and more efficiently. Nothing more and nothing less,” he said. “The law provides that a United States citizen who would suffer extreme hardship by virtue of separation from his or her children or spouse, may obtain a waiver to alleviate that extreme hardship… and the law also provides that before that waiver is granted and the individual is admitted to the United States, the individual must depart the United States. Those basic tenets of the law, both its purpose and its requirement, are fully realized in the proposed rule that will be published shortly…  And so I don’t believe that criticism is meritorious.”


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Peace Must Not Be the Victim of International Justice

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

Irishman Ian Paisley, a Member of the British Parliament who accused foreign powers of working with the ICC to ensure PM Raila Odinga succeeds President .

Irishman Ian Paisley, a Member of the British Parliament who accused foreign powers of working with the ICC to ensure PM Raila Odinga succeeds President .

An African proverb states, “Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.” This week the International Criminal Court delivered its first guilty verdict in its nearly 10-year existence, with the conviction of the warlord Thomas Lubanga for the coercion of children as soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The court to date has spent around $1 billion. Justice has been done, but there is no peace in that country.

The court’s success as a vehicle for delivering justice continues to be debated. The I.C.C. was founded amid much fanfare, but its track record — with only this single conviction — has been poor. Arguably, the cases before it are complex, and it was always going to take time for a new institution to complete them.

But this misses the point. The I.C.C. was intended as an instrument for delivering peace. In this respect it has not been a success. It will continue to falter because its current methods go against the experience of many places in Africa and around the world where peace has been delivered through political negotiations and reconciliation efforts, not the imposition of international justice.

Over the past 20 years, countries divided by ethnicity and political turmoil, from South Africa to Liberia, from Sierra Leone to Rwanda, have been brought together through reconciliation. In my own experience, both as a peace envoy for the United Nations and the European Union to Guinea-Bissau, and as a peace-process negotiator in my native Northern Ireland, this was the case.

During the height of the Troubles in the 1970s and 1980s, the British government used the courts to prosecute its opponents in Northern Ireland. People with blood on their hands were portrayed as martyrs by their supporters. But through a peace process that was backed by the international community — not driven by it — two hostile communities were able to come together to share power in our common home. People on both sides have committed violence, yet we now sit in government together, determined to put the past behind us for the common good.

If the I.C.C. had been in existence during the Northern Ireland peace process, or in 1995, when South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission began its work, there would no doubt have been calls for it to intervene and prosecute those accused of violence. This would have driven old enemies even further apart in recrimination and hostility, hobbling the chance for peace.

I am not making an argument against I.C.C.’s existence: In places where there is no functioning government, or the government is hostage to one section of society, or where there is no viable reconciliation process, the international community has a duty to ensure that the court is the guardian of justice.

But the pursuit of justice should not replace or undermine ongoing national reconciliation efforts. The foremost challenge facing the I.C.C. is to determine whether its intervention will help or hinder the cause of peace. The wheels of justice must be allowed to turn at their own pace, but that they must not impede the peace process.

In Kenya, where one the court’s most high-profile cases is taking place, the I.C.C. has focused on bringing to trial those accused of inciting post-election violence in 2007-8. This risks fueling divisions in a country where tribal loyalties and factionalism still dominate politics. Kenya, often seen as a great African success story, is now heading toward a dangerous impasse. The court’s determination to bring to trial several defendants accused of fomenting violence has enabled Prime Minister Raila Odinga to call for the arrest of his main political opponent, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s founding president, who now faces I.C.C. charges.

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Kenyatta are both leaders in a coalition government that came together with the support of the international community precisely in order to reconcile Kenya’s opposing political and tribal groupings. Yet the I.C.C.’s intervention is increasingly likely to drive this government and the country further apart, allowing a political leader from one ethnic group to try to remove an opponent from another ethnic group from the scene. This is particularly perilous when the root of the post-election violence in Kenya is tribal conflict.

The I.C.C. must never be an instrument that can fuel the potential for division. And where the court intervenes it must be an exemplar of justice at its best, with standards that are above question. This has not always been the case: The Kenyan case rests on a main witness who has changed his statements several times, and is under a witness protection plan partly funded by the British government, which has publicly supported the trial. This has fueled the erroneous belief among some Kenyans that the Western powers that fund the court are seeking to divide and rule the country themselves.

Proponents of the I.C.C. say there cannot be peace without justice. Yet experience teaches us that this is not always the case. Reconciliation is not an easy option, but it does allow people to move forward with the hope of unity, and the potential for justice in the future. The experiences of Northern Ireland and South Africa show us that there is nothing more important than peace. If this means the International Criminal Court does not always intervene or deliver justice, it may be a price that is worth paying.

Ian Paisley is the son of the Rev. Ian Paisley and a member of the British Parliament from Northern Ireland.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/opinion/peace-must-not-be-the-victim-of-international-justice.html?_r=1

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Kenyan sex workers top HIV infection list

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

Kenyan prostitutes have one of the highest rates of HIV infections in the world, an international study has established.

The research findings also recommend that prostitution should be legalised to make working conditions for sex workers more tolerable and reduce their rate of HIV infections.

The study, which was released on Thursday, is funded by the World Bank and the UN and carried out by the US based John Hopkins School of Public Health. It recommended an urgent scale up of HIV programmes. The researchers sampled about 100,000 prostitutes from 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Middle East. They found that of all the prostitutes in the 50 countries, those in Sub-Saharan Africa had the highest HIV prevalence.

The survey which covered between Jan 1, 2007 and June 25, 2011, ranked prostitutes in Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe as having the highest rates of HIV infections. In Africa, Kenya had the highest number of sampled prostitutes at 7,000 with Senegal having the second largest sample at 1,656.

According to a recent City Council of Nairobi report, there are an estimated 7,000 prostitutes in Nairobi who service an average of three to four clients each night.

The study, published by The Lancet, a medical journal, argues that such high levels of HIV infection is not good for the general population.
Clinic for sex workers “Prostitutes who operate in safer environments have been shown to have lower risks,“ the study, whose authors were led by Dr Stefan Baral, notes.

The study significantly leans on the Kenya National HIV Strategic Plan which found out that HIV prevalence levels among prostitutes was 34 per cent, four times the national average of 7.1 per cent. To reverse the trend, a clinic has been established in River Road,Nairobi to test and counsel prostitutes.


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Polls team sets December 17, 2012 as alternative date

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

The electoral team has set December 17 as an alternative date if it is forced by any arm of government to reverse its decision to hold the General Election on March 4, 2013.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission acting chief executive officer James Oswago yesterday challenged the Executive, the Judiciary and Parliament to set the election date in law to deal with the ambiguity that has been created by the Constitution and the court.

He, however, revealed that the commission had an “election operation plan“ that could see the polls being held on December 17.

“The chairman already said that we are ready to abide by any ruling that will come from the Court of Appeal that says that we set a different date. Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary should put their heads together and give us a clear date and we will abide by it,“ Mr Oswago said during a talk show on Capital FM.

On Saturday, chairman Issack Hassan said that they would change the date if the Court of Appeal does not uphold theConstitutional   Courtrul ing, on which they set the date that has been received opposition and support in equal measure.

“We can reverse this date if we are given the right direction. If we are asked to pick an election date in December, we can do it,” Mr Oswago said.

He said they decided on the March date because as far as the commission was concerned, the ruling by the Constitutional court had not been stayed or reversed.

His comments came as Prime Minister Raila Odinga took issue with the March 2013 date.

Mr Odinga told an ODM delegates meeting in Kisii that the Cabinet had settled on December 17 for the polls.

He criticised the March date announced by IEBC saying that it was against the Constitution since sitting MPs would eat into the time of the next Parliament by seven months.

“If elections are held in March, the next Parliament will only have four years and five months in Parliament,” Mr Odinga told the delegates from Kisii and Nyamira counties.


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Audit: Minister was `allocated two NHC houses’

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

NAMED | The Starehe MP features in an audit report on public house deals

Housing assistant minister Margaret Wanjiru is among individuals allocated more than one house by the National Housing Corporation (NHC), according to an audit report.

An investigation by the corporation’s board said Bishop Wanjiru was allocated two houses in her own name and one in the name of Jesus is Alive Ministries, which she heads.

The report, titled “Distortions in House Allocation: Report of House Allocation Process at the National Housing Corporation”, was prepared by the audit committee of the NHC following claims that employees were irregularly allocating themselves and their relatives houses at the expense of the public.

Bishop Wanjiru, who is also the Starehe MP, was allocated houses in Kileleshwa, Madaraka and Lang’ata II, according to the report.

Asked for comment yesterday, the MP said: “I have been quiet on this report because it is not genuine. It is malicious even on the staff and management, but we are dealing with it.” NHC is funded from taxpayers’ money and is intended to help Kenyan own a decent home.

In its Customer Charter, the NHC says it operates on values of integrity — accountability, transparency and avoidance of corruption.

The investigation reveals the corporation is using public funds to build houses for its staff and senior, well-connected individuals rather than helping Kenyans own their first home.

The Efficiency Monitoring Unit (Emu) has launched investigations.

Housing permanent secretary Tirop Kosgey has confirmed they had engaged the unit to conduct further “professional“ examination of the claims before action is taken.

“To some extent, they (Board Audit Committee members) have done a good job, but we believe that we need some professionals who would go deeper and find out the cause,“ he said.

Reports also indicate that the Ethics and anti-Corruption detectives had launched investigations into the matter.

The audit shows that 78 staff members have multiple allocations totalling 209 units, with one senior member of staff having seven houses in her name and 14 others allocated to relatives.

Three people have been allocated between five and six houses each, the report says.

“This assignment has also revealed that, going by sampling of eight housing schemes, over 50 per cent of all allocations on NHC schemes are likely to go to persons who never met the minimum requirements and that nearly a quarter of applicants will miss being allocated a house though they meet the requirements,“ the audit adds.

The report says that in every scheme, 10 to 20 per cent of the housing units are reserved for NHC staff, although these do not always go to them. “This exercise has also shown an entrenched practice in which about 10 per cent of units in every scheme will be reserved as “special cases“ at the discretion of the managing director, purportedly to be allocated to high level personalities making requests for allocation,“ it says.

The findings show that the house allocation process is flawed and has loopholes resulting in significant distortions.

Names of some individuals, who did not even apply for the houses, are introduced during the House Allocation Committee meetings and end up as beneficiaries of the units despite the fact that they had not even paid deposits.


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Established: Cause of the Sinai fire tragedy

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

The Sinai fire tragedy in which 100 people died and 160 were injured was caused by a leaking gasket costing less than Sh1,000, investigations reveal.

A leak from the pipeline, which sent rivers of super petrol flooding through storm drains into a slum, was all due to a broken gasket. The rivers of petrol exploded into flames, resulting in one of the worst fire disasters in the country.

According to a KPC investigation report seen by the Nation, the seal could have failed because it was poorly made, not properly installed, was subjected to more pressure than it was designed to take or somebody just fitted the wrong gasket.

A gasket is a seal used to join two or more pipes and whose job is to prevent leaks when there is high pressure in the pipeline.

Yesterday, an oil engineer conversant with the type of gasket that failed said it costs less than Sh1,000.

The report said the pressure of the fuel in the pipeline at the time of the explosion was within the range that the pipeline is designed to withstand.

The investigation showed that the failed seal was part of the newly installed Line 4 and it failed at pressures way below what it is supposed to withstand.

“It is not exactly clear why the gasket failed under the prevailing conditions, which were within normal operating characteristics of the system,” it adds.

The bad gasket was near a storm drain. During the accident, fuel gushed out of the pipeline and into storm drains, which carried it into a slum village and a nearby river.

By design, the system is supposed to contain leaks, not direct them to the municipal drains. The lead into the storm drain was accidental and not by design, the report said.

KPC lost more than Sh103 million in the incident, including the value of the fuel spilt, transportation of the spilt product, cost of environmental reinstatement, lost business opportunity, fire extinguishing foam, lost man hours and media expenses.

The findings are likely to trigger compensation suits from victims of the fire incident. Mars Group Kenya yesterday called for the compensation of the victims. “There is circumstantial evidence of gross corporate negligence

and even reckless endangerment. A class action lawsuit against the Kenya Pipeline Company for the corporate manslaughter of 120 Kenyans on12 September 2011is warranted, in our humble opinion,” the watchdog group said in a statement.

The report recommends independent external investigations into the incident to assess whether the gasket conformed “to ANSI B12.60 standard on its performance to allowable pressures and temperatures”.

Also recommended is the installation of a barrier gate at the terminal’s storm drain exit to control the release of water from KPC premises.

“All storm water drainage exit points from KPC premises should be fitted with facilities for controlled discharge of surface water and containment of any spillage,” the

report say.

Also suggested is a review of emergency response methods to make them more effective.

Nairobicouncil should explore the possibility of providing an emergency response centre with fire brigade fuel depots. More than 100 villagers scooping petrol from storm drains died after fuel exploded, sending rivers of fire streaking into the Sinai slum. The fuel gushing from the storm drains resulted in an explosion that blew off manhole covers, sparking rivers of fire that nearly reduced some victims’ bodies to ashes.

Some of those injured in the Sinai fire incident are still at theKenyattaNationalHospital.

Immediately after the incident, Prime Minister Raila Odinga ordered investigations. A team comprising experts from KPC, Kenya Bureau of Standards, police, Kenya Power, Energy and Public Works ministries was formed to investigate the matter.

It emerged yesterday that independent investigations into the fire are yet to start. Lawyer, Paul Muite, who is acting for the victims, said details of the dead and injured in the Sinai incident were being compiled before compensation cases are filed.

“I am working with an NGO called Pamoja Trust, who are compiling data of the Sinai fire victims, and once they finalise their work, we are going to court,” he said.

Mr Muite said the report on the fire showed that KPC was at fault.

Efforts to get a comment from KPC managing director Selest Kilinda were unsuccessful. He did not respond to calls or SMSs.

However, in December last year, Mr Kilinda told the Nation that a report on the tragedy compiled by the firm had been presented to the Energy Regulatory Commission and copied to the National Environment Management Authority, the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services and the Energy ministry.


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TRUST IN GOD: A typical conversation with God when things don’t go your way

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won’t get mad … … …

God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ‘I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): OH GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the Good & the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…

His way is always the best way 🙂

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Kenyan Pastor in Maryland Launches Book

Posted by Administrator on March 18, 2012

Bishop Mulani, Senior Pastor at Destiny Fellowship International Church in Siver Springs , Maryland

Bishop Mulani, Senior Pastor at Disciples Fellowship International Church in Siver Springs , Maryland

Jambonewspot.com-A Kenyan pastor in Maryland, Bishop Paul Mulani, launched a new book –Children As Arrows onSunday March 11, 2012.

During the launch of the book which had been in the works for several months, Bishop Mulani who is the senior pastor of Disciples Fellowship Int’l Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, was thrilled by the turnout at the launch to witness the completion of the book.

In the launching speech, Bishop Mulani shared the story behind the writing of the book and what the book is about. He quoted some recent surveys that reveal a very disturbing pattern among many Christian families – that most believers’ children part ways with the moral and religious ways of their parents when they get to the age of 18 and above.

Many of these children not only stop attending church but also develop a negative attitude towards the religious ways of their upbringing. “No matter how big a church is, if it’s only full of adults and doesn’t reach out to her young ones, it will not be able to have an enduring impact or even exist for long,” said the author of the new book.

Bishop Mulani clarified that the focus of his book is mainly on the parents – what they ought to do and to be, in order to be able to have a positive moral influence on their children. He emphasized that this need is even greater within the immigrant community.

Many immigrant parents are separated from their families because of visa issues and others hardly have any time to spend with their children due to work issues. Many are forced to do two or more jobs in order to try and make ends meet. In the process of working hard to provide for their families, some of them end up losing the same families (specifically the children) they’ve been working hard for; mainly because they lack quality time with their families. These are some of the things Pastor Mulani not only points out but addresses them with biblical solutions.

The event speaker was Lucas Kimani, KCFA President Emeritus and the current president of KCFA Baltimore Chapter. Mr. Kimani, a resident of Baltimore, MD and also the writer of the book’s forward, testified of the need in the community and expressed Bishop Mulani’s attempts to address such needs. He highly praised the message of the book and encouraged every parent to get themselves a copy. The book will be available in Amazon bookstores, Barnes and Nobles, and all the other major stores and retailers.

A number of churches attended to celebrate with Bishop Mulani and the DFI Church family. These include members from Tumaini Baptist Church, Colesville Baptist Church, Power House Baptist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Olney Baptist Church, and Montgomery Baptist Association representatives.

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