flag of kenya Rank: 43
Score: 48/100
2013 Rank: 40
Leader: President Uhuru Kenyatta
Government: Republic
Main Religion: Christianity
Population: 42.8 million (35.5 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in KenyaKenya, 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.

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  • Willie Hunt

    Praying for you. Dear Father our God of Heaven We look to you on behalf of our dear Christian Brothers an Sisters on the Battlefield give them strength an courage an boldness to stand in your wonderful name in Jesus name Amen

  • Beth Crofton

    My heart is with all Christians including those of persecuted Church and those seeking to Know Jesus Christ as Lord of their life who live throughout the world!!!

  • Amy

    Lord, I come this morning to You on behalf of the nation of Kenya. Firstly I pray for all who were affected by the church bombing at St. Polycarp. I pray that you would greatly comfort the families of those who have lost loved ones and who had near-misses… only You can calm their nerves and allow them to be able to move forward without fear and anxiety. I ask that You would please have mercy on the offenders and convict their hears so that even they would be able to receive your forgiveness and come to a saving knowledge of You. I ask that You would restore this church so that it can be a testimony to Your ability to bring good out of any evil.
    I pray specifically for any MBBs in Kenya who have found Christ as their Savior. I ask that You would give them strength and grace to be able to withstand the pressure they face to return to Islm. I ask that You would make up for all that they lost when they chose to serve you – the family members who turned from them, the jobs they may have lost. I pray that You would supernaturally provide for them as they have forsaken everything to follow You. Help them and reassure them that the trade-off was absolutely worth it and that You will bless them abundantly and that their reward will truly be great in heaven.
    I pray specifically for anyone who has been affected by the recent grenade attacks. I can only imagine their fear and their desire to be far away from anything that they would associate with the trauma of this event. But I pray in Jesus’ name that these attacks would not deter people from assembling together and from continuing to move forward with the work of Christ. I pray against fear among persecuted believers – I know that You have the ability to give them the uttermost peace when it makes absolutely no sense for them to have it.

    I pray as always for the work of Open Doors and all other organizations that serve the persecuted church in the nation of Kenya. I ask in Jesus’ name that You would continue to use these organization in mighty ways to strengthen the church and to bring people to Christ. I pray that You would bless these organizations and their programs with the financial resources and the personnel that are needed in order for the work to go forward. I ask for supernatural wisdom and discernment for everyone working for these organizations. I ask for the training given to be effective and received and retained so that Your church can grow. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Andrew Wheeler

    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on the nation of Kenya. May your name be honored in this nation. Hold back the forces of evil trying to push the nation into darkness apart from you – whether on a national or personal scale. Strengthen and purify your church to win over the lost as they display your love and grace in the face of persecution and loss.

    Comfort those who are grieving. Be their Rock and their Fortress. In your mercy, lead them beside quiet waters and restore their souls.

    Win the battle for Kenya, Father – for the sake not just of this one country but also for the continent of Africa. Bless this nation and make it a blessing to the nations around it.

    In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Felicity

    I cannot begin to comprehend your pain and sense of loss but I do know that the Lord Jesus is with us in all our circumstances. May you know His peace and strength.

  • Mairi Catriona MacLeod

    Lord I commit the Kenyan Christians into your care this morning. Bless all the children especially those growing up surrounded by persecution. Keep them and there families strong in trusting in you

  • Edith Kurie

    Thank You Lord God for the bravery of Your children. I pray for the muslim factions to whom unbalance exists because they do not wish equity with any other faith. Thank You God the Kenyan government still has a rule of law that allows this religious freedom and I pray You will continue to allow it and it will be respected in the name of Jesus, amen.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the nation of Kenya. I am thankful to hear that the amount of violence has decreased this past year, and that churches are more willing to work together. These are awesome pieces of progress and You deserve all of the glory for it. This morning I am humbly asking You to continue to work in the nation of Kenya, to make it possible for more religious freedoms to be allowed, to decrease the pressure on our brothers and sisters who live there, and to increase the burden that the Kenyans have for evangelism – even to those who are trying to oppress them. I pray that You would raise up Christian leaders into governmental positions where they can use their position to promote religious freedom. I pray that You would reach Mslms for You, revealing to them who You truly are by whatever means necessary. I pray that You would continue to help Kenya’s government to be run fairly and without corruption. I also pray for the relationship between the Christian and Mslm leaders. I know that they cannot agree on faith issues, but I do pray that they would be able to respect one another and work together for the good of their nation… all while allowing the Christians to witness through their lifestyles and attitudes. I pray that Christianity would truly be a supernatural religion there, and that people would be drawn to You because of the signs and wonders that You perform – both externally and in the hearts of Your people. I pray that the believers in Kenya would continue to stand strong in their faith and that they would grow in You through Bible study and even programs like the ones that Open Doors has in Kenya. I pray Your blessing over those programs and that You would provide all that is needed for them to continue with the right leadership and the right mission. Please bless Kenya today and take more of it for Yourself and for Your glory. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name, amen.