Population: 42.7 million (2012)
Official languages: Swahili, English
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS)
Kenya is politically and economically stable although with a high rate of unemployment. It embraces freedom of worship and Christians are able to express their faith without facing hostility or persecution.
- 180 tertiary institutions, 143 groups
- 26 full time staff, 30 interns, 30 associate staff (volunteers), 10 support staff
- vibrant graduate ministry across Kenya
- largest group at Kenyatta University in Nairobi (3000 members)
- smallest in Mombasa (20 members)
FOCUS Kenya has a small staff team for such a large number of students, but they are dedicated and hardworking. Scripture engagement is a focus, especially through small group Bible studies and well-run regional and national conferences.
A key development in recent years has been the devolving of governance to sub- regions of the country, in order to strengthen accountability and ministry effectiveness of students on campus. This has helped to increase ownership of the ministry by both students and graduates. The main challenge to the movement is inadequate financial resources to provide support for the many groups across the country.
View from the inside
Simon Masibo is the National Director of FOCUS Kenya. He says, ‘Students are the hope and future of a vibrant global church of Christ and a transformed world. I love to see students transformed progressively to become faithful and effective witnesses in and out of campus, and becoming salt and light wherever the Lord sends them.’
He is inspired by 2 Corinthians 7:1-12, which begins with the words: ‘Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.’
- for students to remain true to Scripture and avoid the lure of ‘other gospels’ - especially the prosperity gospel;
- for financial provision for students as a number of them are facing the challenge of rising college fees;
- for appropriate and lasting responses to the challenges of terrorism and the increase in religious fundamentalism in Kenya, which has resulted in diminishing opportunities to freely witness for Christ;
- for the successful recruitment of a new national director by January 2015.