Kenya came through elections in 2013 without widespread violence, for which we thank God. President Uhuru Kenyatta won again in 2017, although this election was more contentious. Corruption is endemic in Kenyan society, and keeps the elite rich while the masses remain in poverty. Terrorist attacks by al-Shabab remain a threat across sub-Saharan Africa, where the tensions between Islam and Christianity are most apparent.

Graham and Sally Jones serve in Kisumu, training and supporting pastors and their wives

There has been rapid growth among Kenyan churches, so that nearly half the population call themselves evangelical. Training leaders is an urgent priority, as missionaries seek to make leaders accountable and more Christ-like, and churches to be known for their grasp of Christian doctrine and practical discipleship.

How can you pray for Kenya?

  • For effective discipleship in churches to combat the major issue of nominalism among professing Christians.
  • For effective teaching from local pastors to halt the spread of the prosperity gospel.
  • For the spread of Christian literature in Swahili across East Africa, to provide church leaders with the tools they need for effective ministry.

Opportunities to serve in Kenya

  • Church planting in partnership with Kenyan nationals
  • Training indigenous pastors
  • Bible college lecturers

GBM stories from Kenya

Kenya – key facts

  • Population 48.4 million (July 2018 est.)
  • Population Growth 1.57% (2018 est.)
  • Ethnicity Kikuyu 17.2%, Luhya 13.8%, Kalejin 12.9%, Luo 10.5%, Kamba 10.1%, Somali 6.2%, Kisii 5.7%, Mijikenda 5.1%, Meru 4.3%, Turkana 2.6%, Masai 2.2%, other 9.4% (2014 est.)
  • Language English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
  • Religion Christian 83% (Protestant 47.7%, Catholic 23.4%, other Christian 11.9%), Muslim 11.2%, Traditionalists 1.7%, other 1.6%, none 2.4%, unspecified 0.2% (2009 est.)
  • Urbanization urban population: 27% of total population (2018) rate of urbanization: 4.23% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
  • Literacy 78% (2015)

(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)