Pastors in the African nation of Kenya rallied voters to the polls to re-elect their president and to protect religious freedom in their pulpits.
Kenyans have re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured at left), who fought off a challenge from former prime minister Raila Odinga.
Kenya, home to approximately 48 million in East Africa, nearly dissolved into a civil war in 2007 when the results of the presidential election were contested and 1,300 died in the fighting that broke out.
Odinga vowed to contest the election results but the election went smoothly overall, The New York Times reported.
Pastor Sam Rohrer tells OneNewsNow that a volunteer from the American Pastors Network worked with Kenyan pastors to mobilize their congregations for Election Day on August 9.
A main concern they expressed, he says, is that Odinga would have brought liberal views on homosexuality and abortion into the presidency, and he was expected to sign a controversial bill restricting pastor's church sermons.
Also lurking in the background on Election Day was progressive billionaire boogeyman George Soros. Known for spreading his money around the globe to influence politicians and policies, Soros is accused of spreading his wealth among numerous Kenyan non-profits, too, including one tied to Odinga's wife, Rosemary.
Rohrer tells OneNewsNow that it was gratifying to help pastors in Kenya after learning that Kenyans were watching, and praying, about last year's presidential election in the United States.
"I have been amazed," he says, "the Christians overseas seem to be, in many cases, far more aware of the seriousness of the plight, and the weakness and the silence of the church in America, than Christians in America are."