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Missionary Spotlight – Kalacha, Kenya
October 2003
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kalacha, Kenya

  Every morning a small group of men meet for a time of prayer and Bible study in the little church in Kalacha, in the north of Kenya.   Led by one of the missionaries, the group are currently working through the Psalms, and one morning during my recent visit they came to Psalm 72. What a case of reading the Bible in situ! Psalm 72:9 prophesies that ‘the desert tribes will bow before him [that is, Jesus Christ]’ — desert tribes like the Gabbra, and others in the Northern Frontier District (NFD) of Kenya. In small but significant ways, that prophecy is coming true...

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Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Kenya
November 2001
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Kenya

The fellowship at Ulaani gave me a handsome wooden lion. The pastor’s wife welcomed me with a multi-coloured garland. Later I was presented with a wooden walking stick and a hand-made bag and skirt for my wife.   Of course they had to try the skirt on me to show how it should be tied — with much hilarity! Such is the warmth of the brothers and sisters in Christ at Kiatuni, and such their appreciation of the Word of God. Convention   I had been invited to Kenya to minister the Word at a convention at Kiatuni, 50 miles south east of Nairobi. The...

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Missionary Spotlight – Visiting in Kenya
November 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Visiting in Kenya

— an Englishman’s impressions   Keith, pastor of the Nairobi church, was working on the theory that the more I saw and did the better. So on Wednesdays we went pastoral visiting from about 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. We met five families altogether. One man had been suffering from depression and this had been making him doubt whether he really is saved. He struggles with the question of why he feels like this. Is it due to physical factors, personal sin or even demonic oppression? Deserted   Another man, made redundant recently, lives with his wife and six children in a one-roomed house. One...

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering the Word in Kenya
November 1999
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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering the Word in Kenya

I became a believer in 1971, but did not grow much in the knowledge of the Scriptures during the first years of my Christian life. It was not until 1975 that I came into contact with the doctrines of grace. I became a member of a Reformed Baptist church in Nairobi when it started in 1978. The Lord gradually laid on my heart a call to the ministry and, recently, I completed theological training. I consider myself greatly blessed by the Lord to have had the opportunity of receiving Reformed theological training. My view of the ministry is now very different from what it was....

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Missionary Spotlight
September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight

The coastal strip of Kenya has been open to the world as long as men have used trade winds to speed their commerce. Portuguese Catholics made sporadic efforts to Christianise Kenya during the sixteenth century, but these came to nothing. Not until the 1840s did Protestants begin to evangelise coastal areas of Kenya and inland. At that stage, they had greatest success amongst colonies of freed slaves.   A large number of Christian missionaries later came to Kenya as a result of two further developments. These were the partitioning of Africa amongst different European countries during the 1880s, when Kenya came under British influence, and...

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September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Kenya

Fact File – Kenya   Area – 225,000 square miles. Borders’ Bounded by Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia; and the Indian Ocean to the east. Environment ‘ Most people live in the south and west; the north and east are largely desert. The climate is temperate in the central highlands (Mount Kenya 17,058 ft). The Great Rift Valley runs through these mountains. The variety in terrain and climate is reflected in the diversity of wildlife. There are world-famous national parks and game reserves, although poaching has reduced the numbers of large mammals. Kenya is also famous for its fossil remains. Population ‘ 34 million....

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Missionary Spotlight – Politics and the Gospel in Kenya
September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Politics and the Gospel in Kenya

Since the gospel came to Kenya it has flourished amidst diverse political factors. The British colonial system had both positive and negative effects on missionary work. Positively, missionaries were able to preach the gospel in the stable environment of a political structure with which they, at least, were familiar. Some even acted as administrators for the government.   Negatively, many Kenyans identified missionaries with their colonial masters and, as a result, left mission churches to form African independent churches, of which there are many today. These Africans had, in effect, confused ‘the gospel’, or message, with ‘the missionaries’, or messengers. Moreover, sadly, a type of...

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Missionary Spotlight Gospel Needs in Kenya
September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight Gospel Needs in Kenya

European missionaries, like David Livingstone and Joseph Thompson, brought the gospel to Kenya during the nineteenth century. The Presbyterian Church began work in Nairobi and, based there, moved into the centre of Kenya. The Africa Inland Mission worked in the White Highlands, the Rift valley and Eastern Kenya. Kenya ceased to be a British Crown Colony in December 1963, a change anticipated by the Mau Mau insurrection of the 1950s in which religious revolt against ‘white man’s religion’ (Christianity) turned into a movement for independence. But Kenyan independence furthered the propagation of the gospel, encouraging evangelism on an indigenous basis. Since 1964, the rapid growth...

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