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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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Missionary Spotlight
September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight

This church was begun in an eastern suburb of Nairobi in 1978. At present, it has two pastors and forty-three resident and ten non-resident members. One of the pastors is a Kenyan and the other an English missionary.   There are few people in Nairobi who sincerely desire to know the Word of God and, to many, non-charismatic worship appears boring. So the growth of the church has been slow. Many people, Christians included, are not committed to town life, and have relatives back in the rural areas where they were born. They plan to retire and be buried back home, and are constantly returning...

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