Some Basic Facts

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Location: East coast of Africa
Population: 46,790,758
Land Mass: 219,746 sq mi (a little smaller than Texas)
Languages: Swahili, English, and numerous tribal languages

A Diverse Spiritual Climate

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Before the arrival of missionaries in Eastern Africa, Kenya was plagued by the darkness of savage debauchery, tribal warfare, and the satanic traditions of animism and witchcraft. God opened the door for Christian missionaries to enter the country of Kenya when it became a British colony in the early 1900’s. Today 87% of Kenyans claim to be Christian, but this high percentage gives false hope.

Although a large number of  Kenyans claim to be Christian, many have never truly been born again and are confused by the teachings of false churches. The Roman Catholic church abounds and all kinds of protestant and charismatic churches can be found throughout the country. There are also many Kenyans who take elements of Christianity and mix them with their traditional tribal religions.

There are also many false religions in Kenya. Each of the forty tribes maintains its own traditional religion (a few tribes are more steeped in their traditional religious practices than others). Islam is the second largest religion in Kenya, and there is a mosque in almost every town. There is also a presence of the eastern religions of Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism.

The Need for Truth in the Midst of Confusion

Confusion can only be taken away from the heart and mind by the truth, and so many people of Kenya are ready to hear the Truth of the Gospel, but they need someone to tell them. Poor health care, terrorism, and ethnic violence strike fear into the heart of many Kenyans; they desperately need the hope that is found in trusting Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour!

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

—Romans 10:13-14