Kenya is a large East African nation that borders the Indian Ocean. It is a nation of great extremes, with beautiful lakes that form part of the African Great Lakes region, large peaks such as Mt Kenya, glaciers, the extensive Great Rift Valley, and coastal regions. Kenya is bordered by five countries: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Nairobi is the largest and capital city with a population of nearly 4 million people. It is located towards the south of Kenya and is the site of the AE Kenya Field Office. Endowed with land and mineral wealth, as well as unique wildlife, Kenya has a thriving tourism industry, especially in coastal towns like Malindi. However it faces significant national issues such as an ongoing water crisis, desertification and poaching that threaten its relative political and economic stability. Further, despite a majority Christian population (83%, CIA WorldFactbook, 2017), the Islamic population is increasing, especially in the coastal east and north. Kenya also faces a rising refugee influx from bordering South Sudan and Somalia. HIV/AIDS is also an ongoing issue, and results in a very young average age of 19. Please pray for AE Kenya work with continued urgency, to make Jesus known.
Location: East Africa
Surface Area: 581,309 km2
Population: 46 million
Major Cities: Nairobi 3.3 million, Mombasa, 1.2 million, Kisumu 409,928, Nakuru 307,990, Eldoret 289,380
Major Languages: English, Swahili
Colonial History: Under United Kingdom rule
Official Language- English
The ‘Malindi for Jesus’ Mission has just finished in the coastal Kenyan city of Malindi! 10,126 people made commitments for Christ, while the Gospel was proclaimed to 93,757 people.
TEAM LEADER: REV. BENSON OMONDI
Benson was appointed in mid 2017 as the new Team Leader for AE Kenya. He is married to Janet, and they have two young children, Anita and Emmanuel. Benson is passionate about seeing people come to Christ. AE Kenya is excited about Benson’s leadership over the Kenya team, with his strong background in administration and missions. In Kenya, projects include the Mathare Women Empowerment Project, and community led sanitation initiatives in Nairobi’s Korogocho Slum.
PROJECT 1: KOROGOCHO SLUM SANITATION PROJECT
Korogocho is an extensive slum neighbourhood, which is found on the outskirts of Nairobi. It is estimated to have a population of over 200,000, in a tiny 1.5km2. Korogocho is likely the fourth largest slum in the city. According to the World Health Program (WHO, 2013) poor sanitation contributes to about 700,000 child deaths from diarrhoea each year. AE has been working in Korogocho to alleviate diseases that come from poor sanitation for over 10 years. The project targets the poorest households in the slum.
In 2016, AE Kenya educated and trained 120 Korogocho residents about the importance of good sanitation and hygiene practices. The team also built 13 pit latrines servicing around 200 households and 2 informal schools.
In 2017, the goal of AE Kenya through the Korogocho project is to construct 25 pit latrines, 25 hand washing stations and to run several community health workshops to benefit 150 households in Korogocho. This project has been instrumental in restoring dignity and safety to many residents in the slum, protecting children’s and women’s rights and showing the love of God to slum residents through the work of AE.
PROJECT 2: MATHARE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
Women are a particularly vulnerable group in a slum setting, especially when they are unmarried. AE Kenya saw a need to look after the most vulnerable of these women through the Mathare Project. Since 1995, AE Kenya have been working to empower former commercial sex workers, unskilled & vulnerable single mothers, and women living with HIV & AIDS in Nairobi’s Korogocho, Kariobangi, and Mathare Slums. Each year, the aim is to retrain 30 women with practical skills to help them escape the poverty cycle. Mathare also offers support and counselling to those women who have suffered trauma in the past. This project ties in with Millennium Development Goals 1 and 3, with its focus on training women with vocational skills. Over a period of a year, women are trained in courses such as dressmaking and design, soap production, entrepreneurship, and bead work. They are also taught business and entrepreneurial skills, so that the conclusion of the programme they are ready to apply for loans for start-ups, establish new businesses and look after their families.
Please watch the videos below to see what AE is doing in other Vulnerable Women Projects throughout Africa.
AE Kenya follows the AE model of stratified evangelism to conduct city wide missions every year, targeting every level of society including leaders, professionals, business people, police officers, schools, universities and more. Between 2013 and 2016, the Team has run several missions.
In 2013, the Kitale Mission to west Kenya reached 116,300 people and 7,390 people made commitments for Christ. 644 evangelists, both local and visiting, partnered with 123 churches for the mission. A second mission in 2013, at Kenyatta University (Nairobi), reached 6,000 students and 291 people were saved.
In 2014, a mission to central Kenya at Isiolo reached 56,198 people and 2,992 people made commitments for Christ. 550 evangelists, both local and visiting partnered with 71 churches for the mission.
The Eldoret Great Mission in west Kenya in 2015 reached 103,394 people and brought 8,672 people to know Jesus. A huge team of 1,443 evangelists partnered with 178 churches for this mission!
In 2016, the Kakamega (in Kenya’s west) mission in June reached 105,807 and 8,189 made commitments for Christ. As was the case with the mission in 2015, a large team of evangelists (1,200) participated, and 147 churches worked alongside them.
For 2017, the city wide mission will be held in the coastal town of Malindi. Preparations are well underway, with PTC and evangelism training having occurred in April 2017. Please pray for a dynamic mission in June!
April 2017 (From Global CEO and Interim AE Kenya Team Leader Rev. Dr. Stephen Mbogo)
- Please continue to pray for the Foxfires team, who were due to participate in two youth conferences at the end of April, as well as two other missions.
- The Malindi Mission for Jesus is approaching very quickly! PTC and evangelism training for mission participants and church leaders is well underway – please pray for diligent preparation and great excitement for the Mission in early June.
- Pray that the social action projects in Kenya will be progressing smoothly and reaching many people to improve their livelihoods. (Projects include: Korogocho Sanitation, Isiolo Malaria Initiative, Mathare Women Empowerment, Soweto Kayole PHC and South Sudan Peace Programme.)
- A new AE Kenya Team Leader to replace Rev. Edward Ngaira, who finished in 2016. International CEO Rev. Dr. Stephen Mbogo has been serving in this role in the interim.