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Kenya

Ranked as the #19 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Uhuru Kenyatta
Government: Republic

Population: 46.7 million (34 million Christians)
Main Religion: Christianity

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF KENYA

KenyaHomegrown radical Muslims and militants crossing the border from Somalia are severely persecuting Christians. The government’s approach to pushing for an unbalanced secularist agenda also has an impact on the Kenyan church, as some of the agenda being pushed by the government contradicts with the values and principles of Christianity. Violence has increased in different parts of the country particularly where Islamic radicalism is high. The future of Kenyan Christians will continue deteriorating as long as the underlying issues are not properly and adequately tackled. The future of the Kenyan church appears precarious. The government’s stance towards religious institutions is becoming less and less positive and the church faces intensifying levels of persecution, especially from the militant group al-Shabaab.

PRAYER POINTS

  • That growing persecution and violence toward Christians by al-Shabaab will decrease in 2015
  • That God would enable Christian leaders to reach out to those in the Muslim community
  • For peace and comfort for the families of Christians who were killed in 2014, including 36 quarry workers murdered in December outside the city of Mandera

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