Mission Spotlight: Kenya

One of the main reasons The Crossing started partnerships in Kenya was a desire to train and equip indigenous church leaders to effectively take the gospel to their own people. We are motivated by love for the Kenyan people and a desire for them to know God more deeply. Since 2006, The Crossing has been growing our cooperative connection with New City Fellowship-Nairobi, our main partner church in Kenya, and with the AEPC (African Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

Most AEPC congregations in Kenya are very poor. Almost all are located in remote rural areas, though a few serve urban slum and ethnic minority populations. AEPC pastors are rarely able to complete bible courses at the 2-year diploma level, much less strive for bachelors or masters degrees in theology.

Our partnerships in Kenya now include:

  • pastoral education (including BATS and MATS)
  • Christlike leadership development
  • church planting
  • mentoring indigenous evangelists to reach their own ethnic groups
  • emergency relief
  • racial and tribal reconciliation
  • education and healthcare for marginalized populations including:
    • orphans and vulnerable children
    • refugees

Other Partnerships:
In addition to the AEPC and New City Fellowship, The Crossing has also partnered with a host of other groups:

History of Partnerships in Kenya:

From 2004 to 2008, several Crossing members lived in Kenya for many months at a time. They built relationships with Kenyans who were sacrificially serving their own countrymen and with longterm missionaries involved with New City Fellowship-Nairobi. In late 2006, The Crossing’s first partnerships in Kenya were established through these relationships. Our first projects were soon launched with the generous donations of key families from The Crossing who became passionate about investing in the gospel in Kenya. Since 2009, our growing number of projects have been overseen by a group of partnering pastors and missionaries who make up the Kenya Advisers Council (KAC). The KAC provides direction, accountability and in-country project administration.

map-kenyaMore about Kenya:

Kenya is a beautiful country full of challenges and opportunities. It is home to dozens of distinct people groups that speak 68 different languages and worship many different gods. Kenya sits astride the equator on the eastern coast of Africa. It stretches from Ethiopia to Tanzania and from the Indian Ocean to Lake Victoria. It is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and boasts coastal lowlands, the Rift Valley, Mt. Kenya and many other mountain ranges. This diverse topography yields a widely varied climate that gives rise to a myriad of wildlife and botanical species.

Kenya is a former British colony notable for its fertile farmlands, early-human anthropological sites, and famous safari parks (Maasai Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli and Aberdare) known for their wildlife conservation efforts. Kenya has more recently become known for:

  • its huge refugee camps (near the borders of Somalia and Sudan)
  • the 2007 post-election inter-tribal violence that killed ~2000 people and left nearly 600K displaced
  • terrorist attacks including:
    • the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi that killed 224 and injured more than 4000
    • the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that killed 63 and injured 175
    • the Garissa University massacre in April of this year that killed 147 and injured 79
    • multiple other bus bombs, smaller attacks, kidnappings and murders

flag-kenya-XLDemographics of Kenya:

  • 48.6 million people total
  • 110 people groups
  • ~25% of population is non-Christian
  • 31 unreached people groups (those without any indigenous, self-propagating churches)
  • 5.36 million unreached people
  • 76.7% Professing Christian
  • 12.1% Islam
  • 10% Ethnic Religions
  • 0.5% Hinduism

Compared to the US, Kenyans on average:

  • make 96.6% less money
  • consume 96.7% less oil
  • use 98.9% less electricity
  • are 10 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS
  • are 6.6 times more likely to die in infancy
  • are 5.5 times more likely to be unemployed
  • die 16 years sooner

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