Kenya, which ranked 40th last year, is now in the 43rd spot on the World Watch List. The minimal change misrepresents the actual increase in the level of persecution. Faith-related violence reduced firmly; however, pressure in the different spheres of Christian life intensified. The future of the Kenyan church appears precarious. On the one hand, the church faces intensifying levels of persecution; the government’s stance against religious institutions is becoming less and less positive. Moreover, Muslim attitudes and targeted violence against Christians are also a major issue (especially after the recent attack on a shopping center in Nairobi, by the Muslim extremist group al-Shabaab). Additionally, there is a complicated relationship between the leaders of the Christian and Muslim community. On the other hand, the willingness to cooperate amongst the churches is high. Therefore, it remains to be seen how the church will engage constructively with the pressure it faces.
- Praise God that many churches are willing to work together in Kenya.
- That God would allow Christian leaders to reach out to those in the Muslim community.
- Open Doors provides leadership and discipleship training courses. Pray these programs will strengthen the church to stand firm.