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Kenya

RegionAfrica
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population48,467,000
Christian Population39,409,000
ReligionsChristian
GovernmentPresidential Republic
LeaderPresident Uhuru Kenyatta
Score62/100

Kenya

Kenya: Violence From Radical Groups.
In Kenya, over 80% of the population identify as followers of Christ. Muslims make up a mere 10% of the population. However many Islamic extremist groups have formed in response to their minority status. There have been reports of these radicalised groups going from house to house, finding Christians and taking their lives.

Attacks From al-Shabaab.
Christians are mainly persecuted by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab. Those living in Islam-dominated areas are regularly harassed for their faith. Cross-border attacks from al-Shabaab have led to the closing down of churches. Those that have survived now require security to withstand the threat of imminent attacks.   

The Kenyan government struggles to keep Christians safe. Institutionalised corruption hinders many police investigations as crimes against believers often go unresolved. 

Christian women from a Muslim background are forced to marry Muslim men. 

Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Kenya by:

  • Training in trauma care.

  • Leadership training for church leaders. 

  • Cross-cultural evangelism and discipleship training.

  • Economic empowerment.


"Pray for the Christians in Kenya, for strength and courage to press on in the Lord, not to fear threats or even death, but rather be encouraged and continue ministering and preaching the gospel. Knowing that there are thousands of brothers and sisters worldwide praying for us encouraged and comforted us and strengthened us to move forward.” – Pastor Jeremiah*, Kenya (*name changed for security purposes)

Pray for Kenya

Pray for Christians to experience joy and hope in the midst of pressure. 

Pray for Islamic extremists, that they will meet Jesus and find repentance. 

Pray for Christian politicians to have the courage to speak out against corruption and persecution.

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