Official Country Name:Republic of Kenya
Region:East and Southern Africa
Government:Presidential Constitutional Republic
Official Languages:English, Kiswahilli
Religious Demographics:Evangelical ±48.9%, Catholic ±23.4%, other Christian ±10.3%, Muslim ±11.2%, Ethnoreligious ±5.8%, Non-religious ±0.1%


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An Early Recipient of the Great Commission

September 22, 2023

Kenya’s rich history has been intricately stitched together to show God’s hand in missions, even from before European expansion across Africa. Because of Philip’s baptizing of the eunuch from Ethiopia (modern day Kenya) in the 1st century AD, we can assume that the gospel first reached Kenya roughly 30 years after the death of Christ. This means that Kenya was one of the earliest nations to receive the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Now, Kenya is one of the world’s most evangelical countries per-capita. It is growing rapidly on the world stage both economically and in missions, and is geographically and culturally poised to reach thousands of unreached with minimal barriers. Source: Unreached people groups are ethnic groups that have little to no access to the gospel including to believers, churches, or Christian resources. People in unreached populations have no way of hearing the gospel barring someone crossing cultures and languages to share with them. A working definition for unreached people groups is peoples who have an evangelical population of 2% or less 

In the 1st century AD, not long after the gospel came back with the Ethiopian eunuch, the Kenyan coast was frequented by Arab traders. In the 18th century, the Imam of Oman took control of the coastal regions and established a strong Muslim influence in Kenya. What may appear as a loss for the Christian faith was never outside of God’s control. Kenya is now uniquely positioned to be culturally, linguistically, and racially closer to Muslim UPG nations than it is to most of its fellow Christian nations! Despite this, many Kenyans see themselves as the mission field rather than the mission force. What if the Kenyan church was awakened to how God has uniquely prepared it to reach UPGs?

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  • Current Sending
  • Mobilization Potential
  • Obstacles And Opportunities
  • Prayer And Praises
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