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Worship in Kenya
Pray that Christians in Kenya will continue
to faithfully proclaim the Gospel.

Five church buildings were destroyed by fire in the town of Otamba, Kisii County, between January 21st and 26th, causing great concern among the residents of the community. While ten people were arrested shortly afterwards, the motive behind the attacks is unknown at this point.

In the first incident, St. Monica's Church was burned in the early morning of January 21st. Over the next few days, The Worldwide Church, the Nyang'eni Seventh Day Adventist church, the Legio Maria church and the Otamba Pentecostal Church compound were also set on fire. The vandals added insult by throwing human feces at the burning buildings.

In the aftermath, church members have been fearful that their homes and families may likewise be in danger. The financial losses suffered by these congregations are huge, as the structures and contents of the buildings were extensively destroyed. Church leaders are calling for increased security in the area, as well as demanding the prosecution of those responsible.

For more on the incidents of persecution experienced by Christians in Kenya, go to our country report.

Prayerfully lift up the members of these destroyed churches as they seek direction in the days to come. Ask that the financial needs of these congregations would be met, and that they will receive the healing and emotional support required to overcome the resulting trauma. May those responsible for the crimes be held accountable for their actions. Ask God to work mightily in the hearts of each community member -- including those of the perpetrators -- drawing more people to faith in Christ.

Country Information

Kenya map & flagPopulation
53,527,936 (July, 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kikuyu (17.2), Luhya (13.8), Kalenjin (12.9), Luo (10.5), Kamba (10.1), Somali (6.2), Kisii (5.7), Mijikenda (5.1), Meru (4.3), Turkana (2.6), Masai (2.2), other (9.4)

Religions (%)
Christian (83) (Protestant 47.7%, Catholic 23.4%, other 11.9%), Muslim (11.2), Traditionalists (1.7), other (1.6), none (2.4), unspecified (0.2)
(2009 census)

Government type
Presidential republic

Leader
President Uhuru Kenyatta

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law, and customary law; judicial review in a new Supreme Court established pursuant to the new constitution

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Kenya

Pray that Somali refugees within Kenya will be open to the gospel. Ask the Lord to encourage believers to be unified in heart and purpose as they serve converts from Islam. Pray that churches in the northeastern region will remain strong as they face Islamist attacks.

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    Worship in Kenya
    Pray that Christians in Kenya will continue
    to faithfully proclaim the Gospel.

    Five church buildings were destroyed by fire in the town of Otamba, Kisii County, between January 21st and 26th, causing great concern among the residents of the community. While ten people were arrested shortly afterward

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