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Kikuyu Hospital receives award
The Golden Jubilee Awards were given during Kenya's 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations in December 2013 in recognition of  commendable service to Kenyans

Kenyan Christian leaders oppose polygamy bill
4/7/14  Christian leaders are appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a proposed new marriage bill that legalizes polygamy.  Legislators passed the law last week after an intense debate. The National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya have rejected it, saying the law will undermine Christian principles of marriage and family. 

October 2013. Long an oasis of Christian-Muslim calm, Kenya may see more strife—Religion News Service

Kenya's Christians and Muslims unite to combat addiction
Religious groups tackling alcohol and drug abuse amid concerns the substances could wipe out a cross section of the younger generation

"The Need to Know God's Love."  Cyprian Guchiendo speaks at the Dallas II conference about the historic roots of the church in Kenya. "This is what the church needs to focus on: Sharing the love of God."

Church World Service launches a nutritional supplement initiative in Kenya


Background

In 1991 the Presbyterian Church in East Africa (PCEA) celebrated its 100th anniversary. Since the Church’s founding by a group of young Scottish Presbyterians in Kibwezi, the gospel has taken hold among the industrious Kikuyu people, and the church has seen phenomenal growth. PC(USA) work dates back 65 years and was a centerpiece of mission work by the united Presbyterian Church of North America (UPNA). The PC(USA) works through mission personnel, Young Adult Volunteers, and partner churches in educational ministries; through primary schools, secondary schools, a major institution, Presbyterian College, which includes a pastoral training institute, and St. Paul’s Theological College and also works in health ministries (four hospitals and 25 related clinics). Mission networks and congregational and presbytery relationships are an important mission focus. There are presbytery partnerships with 10 of the 37 presbyteries in Kenya.

The church has had a significant role in the country, with many persons in government and prominent positions having attended Presbyterian schools. HIV/AIDS has hit the professions hard, and the country has suffered from drought and floods. The PC(USA) has assisted with disaster assistance, the building of new church facilities and leadership development scholarships. With 500 clergy for 4 million church members, the development of a strong laity has been essential.

Kenya Partner Churches

All Africa Conference of Churches
National Council of Churches of Kenya
Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA)

Kenya Partner Organizations

CORAT (Christian Organizations Research Advisory Trust)
PROCMURA (Project for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa)

Presbytery Partnerships

Blackhawk Presbytery
Cimarron Presbytery
Detroit Presbytery
John Knox Presbytery
Los Ranchos Presbytery
National Capital Presbytery
Newton Presbytery
Northern Plains Presbytery
Redwoods Presbytery
West Virginia Presbytery

Kenya Mission Network

The Kenya Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

Learn more about Kenya

Visit the BBC country profile

See the 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 135
May 9

Mission worker with many roles

Phyllis Byrd’s solidarity with Kenyans extends her ministry beyond her job description

Phyllis Byrd’s passion for Kenya and its people takes her ministry far beyond her job description as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker.

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