This East African country is known for its scenic landscapes, wildlife preserves, and beautiful beaches — creating a booming tourist industry. There are more than 60 languages spoken in Kenya among 40 ethnic groups. While Kenyans are mostly tea drinkers, they are one of the world’s largest exporters of coffee beans.
While primary education is free, many children have responsibilities such as tending to livestock or fetching water, that keep them from attending class. Access to medical care is limited and expensive. Limited access to advanced skills training has left people struggling to find adequate income.
We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.
Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Kenya.
We have three partnerships in Kenya.
Led by Willy Komen, Kensud has been a Mission ONE partner since 2000. Willy and his team work in remote areas of northern Kenya and South Sudan alongside the local church, if there is a church established in the region. In areas where the church has not yet been established, Kensud helps build and support new church plants. Their focus is on providing medical care through the establishment of health clinics.
Mission To Unreached People (MUPE), led by Janet Kosgei and her father Hannington Munyao, is an African-led ministry that mentors, disciples, and raises up African leaders to reach ethnolinguistic people groups with little to no access to the message of Jesus. After Hannington spent time in Sudan as a missionary, his heart for Christ and passion for missions resulted in the founding of MUPE. MUPE is mobilizing the African church to send out African missionaries with local support to unreached people. Mission ONE has partnered with MUPE since 2000.
The National Evangelical Outreach (NEO) Kenya has been a Mission ONE partner since 1991. Led by husband and wife Wilfred and Rahab Githongo, this partnership ties back to the early roots of Mission ONE. Our founder, Bob Schindler, first met Wilfred during his initial trip to Africa in 1988. God used Wilfred’s testimony and ministry to deeply influence Bob’s heart, which led to the founding of Mission ONE. NEO Kenya has planted a network of churches using a cascade model where one church is planted and nourished, then that church plants another and so on — multiplying their efforts. Over 300 churches have been planted through NEO Kenya. Through these church plants, NEO Kenya has a special focus on walking with and supporting women and children.
Pig Project - In Kijabe, Kenya, there are few opportunities for income. The Pig Project is a self-sustaining model providing local jobs and meat for purchase at the market.
Maasai Tribe Covid Relief Project - Through our local partners, Mission ONE's goal is to send enough food to the community for two months so that people are no longer starving. Mission ONE partners will source the food rations locally to support the Kenyan economy. Amongst the distribution items will be cooking oil, maize, sugar, and rice.
Ebenezer Primary School - The long-term impact of Ebeneezer Academy will be that families in Tamu, Kenya will finally have access to sustainable, quality education. The school will be the pride of their community, rather than a source of shame.
Sewing Co-op - In Kenya, a sewing co-op will provide women with new skills and earn an income through dignified work while reclaiming their God-given value. With a portion of proceeds going back into the co-op itself, the program will be self-sustaining and give new women an opportunity to go through the training program, expanding to additional classes in the future.
Sewing Project - In the Kenyan community that once inspired Mission ONE founder Bob Schindler to establish the organization in 1988, a sewing project seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable women who have suffered abuse, overcoming barriers to restore their hope and humanity in Christ.
All Girls School - An all-girls high school in Pokot, Kenya will give girls an education on the pathway to a brighter future, opportunities to pursue a college education, competitive jobs, and chances to contribute to their communities and the world at large.
Murecars Car Rental- Proceeds from the Murecar car rental project will financially support the work of the MUPE ministry and its missionaries serving vulnerable communities in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda.
East Africa has become a majority Christian culture over the last 200 years. While the message of Jesus has spread far and wide, the good news often lacks a connection to people's everyday lives. Western missionaries left much of the benefits of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
To learn more about how Jesus' life, death, and resurrection has the power to lift people out of poverty, check out this blog by our President.