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Republic of Kenya


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Area: 582,646 sq km

Most people live in the fertile plateaus of the south and west. Much of the north and east is desert. Only 8.9% of the land is cultivable.

Population: 40,862,900    Annual Growth: 2.67%

Capital: Nairobi

Urbanites: 22.2%

HDI Rank: 147 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 115 (31% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English, Swahili    Languages: 74 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Long-term and rapid growth in churches has brought significant challenges:

a) Nominalism is a major issue, even among evangelicals/Pentecostals. Attendance nationally is only 7%, less than one-tenth of all Christians. Establishing effective means of discipleship is a huge need as increasing numbers associate themselves with the Church, yet with no true spiritual growth in their lives.

b) The recent explosion of Independent churches. These churches are able to grow and multiply rapidly, but many are single congregations with minimal or no accountability. This presents dangers in financial and theological integrity; many adopt syncretistic practices or unbiblical beliefs and practices. Pray for their integration into biblical faith and church networks.

c) Tribalism, “kingdom building” and multiplied denominations cause divisions. Pray for biblical unity that transcends culture and personalities.

d) The need for trained leaders for the more than 80,000 congregations gives cause for concern. Over 70 institutions train Christian workers for ministry. All major denominations have training centres. The Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (300 students, including a PhD level), the Pan African Christian University and Daystar University serve all of Anglophone Africa. Yet these academic programmes are insufficient to address the sheer numbers needing to be trained. TEE programmes abound, but pray for grassroots training programmes, such as Langham Preachers Seminars, that aim to ground leaders in the Word and to help them lead and plant truly biblical, truly African churches.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Kenya.