God has burdened our hearts to go to Nairobi, Kenya. Below is a brief overview of Kenya to help you understand a little about the field that we have been called to.
Kenya, East Africa
Lying along the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania, Kenya is a country of rich natural resources in East Africa. Named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain peak in Africa, Kenya is roughly the size of Texas and lies directly on the equator.
The handiwork of God is readily seen throughout Kenya. From the coast on the Indian Ocean, the low plains rise to the central highlands. The climate varies from tropical along the coast to arid on the interior. Kenya has numerous wildlife reserves, containing thousands of animal species. In fact, all of Africa's "big five" game animals can be found in Kenya: the elephant, leopard, lion, African buffalo, and rhinoceros.
Kenya's population consists of approximately 44 million souls, and it is one of the most rapidly growing countries in the world. Due to Kenya's rapid population increase over the past several decades, its people are relatively young. Some 73% of Kenyans are under the age of 30. Sadly, Kenyans only have a life expectancy of 55 years, chiefly due to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Kenya is a cultural microcosm of the larger continent of Africa, with great ethnic and linguistic diversity. There are currently more than 40 different tribes and ethnic groups, each of these with its own unique culture. There are, however, many things that all Kenyans have in common. The overwhelming majority of Kenyans are very poor and only live off what they can plant and grow themselves. The Kenyan staples are rice, beans, and greens. Notably, many Kenyans are also trilingual, speaking English, Swahili, and the mother tongue of their ethnic tribe (there are a total of 69 spoken languages in Kenya). But Swahili is the language spoken by almost all Kenyans and used for day-to-day communication.
The Focus City: Nairobi, Kenya
Our base of ministry is out of the strategic hub city of Nairobi. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, and it is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of over ~4 million people. Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities in all of Africa, and it is estimated that the population will reach nearly 5 million in the next 5 years! Nairobi has become one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially.
Nairobi has established itself as a hub for business and culture. But this city is an example of the dramatic contrast between the first world and the third world, where material wealth coexists in an uneasy relationship with great poverty. Amazingly, half of Nairobi's population live in slum conditions, which cover only five percent of the city area. Most slum inhabitants make a dollar a day and live in overcrowded conditions in small shacks lacking electricity and running water. Though many in Nairobi live in extreme poverty, their material condition pales in comparison to the spiritual poverty they face without Christ.
Nairobi is in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
About Kenya ~ Quick Facts
Location: Directly on the equator in East Africa
Bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean
Population: Approximately 39 million
* One of the fastest growing countries in the world
* 73% of the population is under the age of 30
* 42% of the population is under the age of 14
NAIROBI ~ Kenya's capital
Population: ~4 million
* Projected to reach 5 million by 2017
* One of the largest cities in Africa
Importance: hub of political and economic influence in East Africa
Christian Influence: Few conservative evangelical churches