Kenya is a land of great potential with one of the world's fastest growing populations. This, along with ethnic rivalries and drought conditions, has resulted in increased political tension and has slowed the economic progress of the country in recent years.
Current SIM Ministry
SIM's desire is to provide a Gospel witness and to encourage the Muslim background believers (MBB) as they mature in the Lord. The team uses one-on-one discipleship, Bible studies, sports, educational ministries such as teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and computer education, and community development in agriculture, water, and health.
SIM is looking to focus church planting efforts among the remaining 20+ unreached or under-reached tribal/ethnic groups in Kenya, as well as to continue its involvement with the animistic Daasanach tribe.
Life Challenge Africa (LCA) operates throughout the continent, promoting Muslim evangelism through training seminars, community-based outreach initiatives, personal evangelism, and the production and distribution of printed and electronic resource materials. LCA team members work with church groups, theological institutions, parachurch organizations, and individuals to present the Gospel to Muslims.
The Urban Ministries Serving God (UMSG) is a strategic initiative to help churches in the growing towns and cities of Africa. Our goal, which we pursue through research, training, seminars, information services, networking, prayer, and other supportive and practical means, is to help the urban church in bringing all of life under the lordship of Jesus.
SIM's Partner Church
SIM Kenya does not maintain an exclusive relationship with any one church. We plan to continue to work closely with the Africa Inland Church, as we have for 25 years, and now we seek also to work with other established churches and Christian organizations who may already be working in the areas we are targeting for ministry. Where there are no viable partners working within a target area, we will seek out other like-minded organizations who will consider joining us in a new work. SIM Kenya desires to network and collaborate both within and without in order to be as effective as possible in outreach and discipleship.
History of Christianity
The first Protestant mission to Kenya was the Church Missionary Society. Its first pioneer, John Krapf, arrived in 1844. He remained after the death of his wife and child to establish a work that over the years has grown to become the Anglican Church of Kenya, with over 1,000,000 adherents. The British Methodists arrived in 1862 and established a work that also continues today. In 1891, the Scottish Presbyterians began work that established the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
Africa Inland Mission (AIM) began work in 1895 under the direction of the Mission's founder, Peter Cameron Scott. The work began in the coastal city of Mombasa with a party of seven missionaries. Scott and five others died, and the one remaining man returned home. A few years later, a second attempt was made, and an inland station was opened at Nzawi. Out of this labour the Africa Inland Church (AIC) was formed in 1943. Today, the AIC has more than 1,000,000 members.
Much of Kenya is open and receptive to the Gospel. The church has complete freedom to evangelise and has experienced rapid growth over the past 20 years. Young people are especially open today. However, there are ethnic groups who have not yet responded to God's love and forgiveness, and SIM is reaching out to them.
The National Church
The Africa Inland Church (AIC) is the largest Protestant body in Kenya and is growing. It has a major emphasis on evangelism.
Some reports say that 24 Kenyan people groups have less than 20% of the population with any Christian church affiliation. The majority of Kenya's unreached people groups follow Islam or some form of traditional religion. They are dispersed geographically throughout Kenya and vary in their culture, language, and religious orientation.
The areas in which these groups are located are predominantly isolated, hot, and arid with a lack of roads and no clean water. Several groups have no written language. The lifestyle is simple, and comforts will be few and far between.
Three of these unreached people groups are sociological, rather than ethnic.
Please pray for
- new programmes and new missionaries to support our HIV & AIDS initiatives.
- new missionaries with a heart to reach the remaining unreached groups in Kenya, and a program director to provide focus and coordination within the outreach work.
- a director for Urban Ministries Serving God (UMSG). the growing community of believers from a Muslim background — for safety from persecution and growing Christian maturity.
- creative ways to integrate new believers into the community and church without creating dependency.