Kenya is said to be a majority Christian country, but in the Muslim-majority areas there are high levels of intolerance and hostility towards Christians. As with Tanzania and Uganda, there is a real Islamist drive to get Kenya under the African ‘House of Islam’, with pressure to enshrine this in the constitution. Al-Shabaab and similarly inspired extremist groups were last year responsible for a high level of violence against Christians; 22 were killed and more than 10 churches were burnt, looted or destroyed.
• For Muslims who convert to Christianity, and Christians who marry Muslims, being pressurized to revert to Islam
• That recent grenade attacks on churches won’t deter people from attending or instill fear in persecuted Christians
• That Open Doors’ leadership and discipleship training courses will strengthen the church to stand firm.