"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled" (Luke 14:23)
WHAT WE PROVIDE
MISSION REPORT: KENYA
Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
Religions: 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.)
Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when Vice President Daniel MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982, after which time the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) changed the constitution to make itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA, the son of founding president Jomo KENYATTA, and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform.
KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which approximately 1,100 people died. African Union-sponsored mediation led by former UN Secretary General Kofi ANNAN in late February 2008 resulted in a power-sharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister. The power sharing accord included a broad reform agenda, the centerpiece of which was constitutional reform. In August 2010, Kenyans overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution in a national referendum. The new constitution introduced additional checks and balances to executive power and significant devolution of power and resources to 47 newly created counties. It also eliminated the position of prime minister following the first presidential election under the new constitution, which occurred in March 2013. Uhuru KENYATTA won the election and was sworn into office in April 2013; he began a second term in November 2017.
The Somalia-based terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab) carried out attacks in Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Lamu Counties and said it had targeted non-Muslims because of their faith. In July al-Shabaab targeted Christians in an attack in the town of Jima in Lamu County, killing nine. According to the Morning Star News, on May 31, suspected al-Shabaab terrorists invaded the town of Fafi in Garissa County and killed a Christian schoolteacher while she taught class, and abducted and killed a Christian and a Muslim teacher who tried to defend him. Al-Shabaab aims to establish Islamic rule in Kenya’s northeastern border region and coast, to avenge Kenya's past intervention in Somalia against al-Shabaab and its ongoing participation in the African Union mission. They also work to compel Kenya to withdraw troops from Somalia, and to attract Kenyan recruits to support operations in Somalia. As of 2018 they operation mostly along the coast and the northeastern border.
Sources: CIA’s The World Factbook, The Joshua Project, U.S. Department of State
Pastor Murungi Ingweta
By the grace of God in Christ, Murungi came to the faith 18 years ago. He trained as a teacher but later was called to the ministry of the Gospel. He has been married to his wife Charity for 15 years. The Lord has blessed them with three children: Asaph, Ruth, and Gaius. He has been at Trinity Baptist Church, Nairobi since January 2009 and has served as a pastor since that time. He did his theology at Trinity Pastors College, a ministry of TBC Nairobi. He is now a student at Reformed Baptist Seminary. His greatest desire and ambition is to preach the glories of God in the Gospel of His Son, that sinners may be brought to a saving faith, and that the saints be built up into the measure and stature of Christ, and that God may be infinitely exalted as the only sovereign God. He also serves as the official Distributor for the Chapel Library of Kenya.