How many Christians are there in Kenya?
Of the 52.2 million people living in Kenya, Christians are the majority, numbering 42.8 million. They make up 82 per cent of the population.
Why are Christians persecuted in Kenya?
Christians in Kenya face two main types of persecution: from the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab, which has conducted numerous attacks targeting Christians, particularly in the counties bordering other countries, and from corruption which is rampant throughout the country.
“My children and I will continue trusting in Jesus.” Esther, Kenya
What’s life like for Christians in Kenya?
Even though Kenya is a majority-Christian country, many Christian communities are affected by persecution. Al-Shabaab is a growing presence in the counties bordering Somalia and monitors, attacks and intimidates Christians. Believers from a Muslim background in the northeast and coastal regions live under constant threat of attack – even from their closest relatives. Organised corruption and crime is a serious problem; co-opted officials turn a blind eye to the activities of persecutors, which encourages further acts of persecution.
Esther was born into a Muslim family, but chose to follow Christ after she experienced healing through prayer. Esther’s husband abandoned her, her in-laws cut her off, and her own siblings insulted and even assaulted her. Open Doors not only supported Esther through trauma care, but local partners are helping to construct a house for her and her children.
Esther says, “Knowing that there are people who love me and are concerned about me is very humbling. Thank you and may God bless you more and more.”
How can I help Christians in Kenya?
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Kenya. Your gifts and prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
Open Doors works through local partners and churches in Kenya to support persecuted Christians through leadership and discipleship training, economic empowerment, and trauma care training.
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Lord Jesus, please draw near to our brothers and sisters in Kenya who need Your healing power and presence. Strengthen believers to be witnesses for You in their communities. May You turn the hearts of those intent on harm away from violence and hatred and towards Your love, mercy and forgiveness.