kenya / africa

Spiritual Climate

Religious and political tensions are emerging, so the current full religious freedom in Kenya needs to be taken advantage of. The nation as a whole has a strong evangelical presence, but corruption remains overwhelmingly present as well and many people are still completely unreached by the Gospel in certain areas. Children make up the majority of Kenya's population, so ministries focused on children and youth can't be established fast enough.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Within most of the communities in Mombasa whose roots are in the countries which rim the Indian Ocean, there are few (if any) followers of Jesus Christ. However, the openness to talk about spiritual things is amazing. It doesn't mean people are falling all over themselves to come to faith, but at least there is opportunity to share the truth of the gospel... leaving the opening of their spiritual eyes to God's timing.
— Carol Wood

Although Kenya, as a whole, is predominantly 'Christian,' where we live along the coast, there are hundreds of thousands of unreached peoples who have yet to come out of the darkness into the light.
— Ralph Thompson

More about Kenya

A Couple Raw Facts


Evangelical Illustration

Nearly 50% of the population identify themselves as evangelicals (from 17% in 1960), and they come not just from Protestant but also Independent, Anglican and Catholic backgrounds.

Cultivation Illustration

Much of the north and east is desert. Only 8.9% of the land is cultivable.

 

History & Future

Entered
1972

WorldVenture History in Kenya

WorldVenture’s ministry in Kenya began unexpectedly in the early 1970s with the expulsion of WorldVenture missionaries from a neighboring country. These workers settled in Kenya, which was officially named as a field for ministry activity in 1975. WorldVenture Kenya currently works in two major areas: Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology training church/mission leaders from across Africa; and among the least evangelized in the coastal city of Mombasa. The Mombasa work focuses on peoples from the 10-40 window and the sub-continent of India. Building redemptive relationships in order to share the truth of the gospel takes time and manpower. WorldVenture Mombasa is looking for people who will “come and be” salt and light among these people.

Today &
Tomorrow

Kenya Team Goals

Workers in Kenya hope that additional team members, both career and short-term, will be added to their force. Then the work of the Kenya field will come to full maturity in proclaiming God’s purpose for this important east African nation.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING

There are regular power and water cuts—welcome to Africa!
— Ralph Thompson

COMMUNITY

The people are some of the most friendly on the planet. Our kids are getting an excellent education at a local international school and love it.
— Ralph Thompson

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Mombasa is hot and humid most of the year.
— Carol Wood

There are over 1,000 species of birds and beautiful blossoming trees.
— Mark Mercer

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Relationships are the foundation blocks of the society... it's who you are rather than what you do that counts. A willingness to enter into a particular culture in regards to food, dress and participating in celebratory events opens doors in amazing ways.
— Carol Wood

Education is very important and they value it highly. Ownership of land is also very important and most people know three or more languages. There is a mix of modern and traditional. You'll often see a person in traditional garb talking on a cell phone.
— Mark Mercer


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

kenya source:bbc - Google News
Kenya's beauty queen: Building a business empire - BBC News

BBC News

Kenya's beauty queen: Building a business empire
BBC News
"When we were starting out, if you were a woman and you went to the bank for a loan, they wanted to know who you were married to and whether you had permission to be in business," says Terry Mungai. Terry, the founder and chief executive of Ashleys ...


Tuesday, September 09, 2014 5:01:34 AM

Kenya attack: Charges dropped against Lamu's Timamy - BBC News

BBC News

Kenya attack: Charges dropped against Lamu's Timamy
BBC News
A Kenyan court has dropped terrorism and murder charges against the governor of the coastal Lamu region. Issa Timamy was accused of involvement in two attacks which killed at least 60 people in the region in June. The court rejected the prosecution's ...


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:35:55 AM

Kenya leader Uhuru Kenyatta's ICC trial shelved - BBC News

BBC News

Kenya leader Uhuru Kenyatta's ICC trial shelved
BBC News
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have asked for the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to be adjourned indefinitely. ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she still did not have enough evidence to proceed with the trial ...


Friday, September 05, 2014 9:40:00 PM

'Ghost workers': Kenya biometric register launched - BBC News

BBC News

'Ghost workers': Kenya biometric register launched
BBC News
At one centre in Nairobi, the BBC's Paul Nabiswa says officials were recording identity details, taking fingerprints and verifying educational qualifications before issuing civil servants with a slip as proof that they had been cleared. He says ...


Monday, September 01, 2014 9:45:51 AM

World War One: Kenya's forgotten heroes - BBC News

BBC News

World War One: Kenya's forgotten heroes
BBC News
Relatives of Kenyans who fought on the British side during World War One feel they have been forgotten. The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza visited the battlefield town of Taveta, 100 years after the war began. Othiniel Mnene walks slowly towards a grave at one ...


Monday, August 18, 2014 7:11:17 PM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Visiting Professor 1 Week1 YearAfricaKenyaTrain African church leaders in the African context. Length of service is 1 week to 1 year.Depending on length of stay, teach several courses or modules. Assist in other administrative duties of school.Doctorate in area of specialty.985
Seminary Internship 1 Semester1 YearAfricaKenyaStudy theology and complete you theological institution's internship requirements in the African context. Length of service is 1 semester to 1 year.Participate in campus life and off campus ministry. Study chosen academic courses. Complete your institution's academic requirements. Observe and participate in ministry.Typical seminary entrance requirements. Missions intent as evidenced by such things as expressed desire to go into missions or taking a college mission’s internship, etc.986
Vision Trip to Mombasa Kenya1 Week1 MonthAfricaKenyaExplore mid-long term ministry through visiting workers and nationals from the Indian Subcontinent and the Gulf States (hospitality is amazing in Mombasa), praying together and seeing the thousands of people caught in spiritual bondage to false gods. Length of service is 1 week to 1 month.Explore ministry opportunities, ask lots of questions, learn about the people and cultures of Mombasa to see if you could live among them, get to know the Mombasa team and see if you could live with us! Pray with us for the lost and those who have begun the journey on the Jesus road. Be open to God's calling to serve Him here. Bring at least one favorite piece of candy for each team member on field. Significant interest in filling one of our mid-long term ministry opportunities or in joining us in fulfilling our strategic plan. This opportunity is available beginning June 2015. 1412
Missionary Assistant1 Month3 MonthsAfricaKenyaShadow a missionary in the various ministries that he/she is involved in as well as everyday life; provide assistance where able and as needed. Length of service is 1 month to 3 months.Join whole-heartedly in all aspects of mission life—lending a hand wherever possible (i.e. hospitality, household chores, town errands, assisting in Bible studies, visitation, etc). Mombasa’s rich cultural heritage includes Africans, Indians, Arabs and Europeans. Although an Islamic atmosphere predominates, there is a large African Christian population and many communities from the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent are represented. An openness to spiritual things exists and although Christianity might be seen as a threat to some, Jesus is not. We work with a dedicated few from a local church in a variety of ministries.Heart to serve the Lord, good knowledge of the Bible and how to lead someone to the Lord. Steady devotional life. Flexibility, adaptability and a sense of "I'll try anything once". Missions intent as evidenced by such things as expressed desire to go into missions or taking a college mission's internship. This opportunity is available beginning June 2015.1538
Missionary Intern2 Months2 YearsAfricaKenyaCome and see! Come and be! An opportunity for a godly, motivated person or couple to join the Mombasa Team in ministry among Mombasa's unreached communities—people from the Gulf States and the Indian sub-continent. Join us in the everyday life of seeking to make disciples of all nations. Length of service is 2 months to 2 years.Use your 'gifts' within the framework of our focus on the unreached communities as we seek to build redemptive relationships and speak the truth in love. Participate in outreach events, home visitation, facilitate Bible studies and participate in making disciples. Serve in the local church. Join the community of believers in intercession for the unreached. Prayer walks. Mombasa’s rich cultural heritage includes Africans, Indians, Arabs and Europeans. Although an Islamic atmosphere predominates, there is a large African Christian population and many communities from the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent are represented. An openness to spiritual things exists and although Christianity might be seen as a threat to some, Jesus is not. We work with a dedicated few from a local church in a variety of ministries.Possess a real love for culturally different people and a willingness to meet them in their world. Heart to serve the Lord, one or more years of Bible training required. Steady devotional life. Flexibility, adaptability and a sense of "I'll try anything once". Missions intent as evidenced by such things as expressed desire to go into missions or taking a college mission's internship. This opportunity is available beginning June 2015.1539
Discipler1 YearLifetimeAfricaKenyaBe a shepherd of the sheep! Many living in unreached communities are spiritually hungry but have no one to feed them. Also, discipleship can be one of the most effective means of evangelism.Use your gifts to create opportunities for teaching so the community of faith is built up and God’s Kingdom is expanded. Such gifts might include: women’s ministry, children’s ministry, youth ministry, counseling ministry, sports ministry, etc. Teaching is done one-on-one, in small groups, in homes, at coffee shops or restaurants, at church, or perhaps even in a house church situation. Mombasa’s rich cultural heritage includes Africans, Indians, Arabs and Europeans. Although an Islamic atmosphere predominates, there is also a large African Christian population. Our primary focus is on the unreached communities whose roots are in the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.Model culturally appropriate lifestyle discipleship. Possess a real love for culturally different people and a willingness to meet them in their world. Heart to serve the Lord. One or more years of Bible training required. Experience in discipling believers. Flexibility, adaptability and a sense of "I'll try anything once". 1540
Evangelist1 yearLifetimeAfricaKenyaLive among and seek to win many to Christ from the communities in Mombasa linked to the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Build redemptive relationships with people from the Middle East and Indian sub-continent. Create opportunities to share the truth in love. Work the social networks to get into the indigenous communities which are very tight knit. Work with the small number of believers from these communities in doing the same. Mombasa’s rich cultural heritage includes Africans, Indians, Arabs and Europeans. Although an Islamic atmosphere predominates, there is a large African Christian population and many communities from the Middle East and Indian sub-continent are represented. An openness to spiritual things exists and although Christianity might be seen as a threat to some, Jesus is not. Join local church community in this effort.Ability to adapt culturally to and relate to people of other faiths. Understand the basics of Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. Ability to dialogue with people from these communities. Some training available on site.1542
Graduate Exchange Student 1 Semester4 YearsAfricaKenyaExchange Student for a Term in your area of study! Or, do your whole program at Africa International University. Length of service is 1 semester to 4 years.Be a person of Christian character in the Christ-centered learning communitty of AIU. Student Housing -- living the same as an African studentTransportation to Nairobi & tuition and living expenses. Meeting the academic standards of AIU.1543
Prayer Walk2 Weeks1 MonthAfricaKenyaBe part of the spiritual breakthrough! Come, walk, and pray for the thousands who have been blinded by the prince of this world. Although we are in East Africa, many of those you will meet and be praying for have roots in the 10/40 window. Length of service is 2 weeks to 1 month. Come join us as we “walk” through one of the most fascinating parts of Mombasa. Adjacent to the Indian Ocean, the narrow winding streets, old Arab architecture and beautiful mosques, make it a popular tourist destination, ideally suited for this crucial ministry. Mombasa is a multicultural city with over 1 million people, the majority of which are adherents of Islam. This strategic, bustling port city is very transient with many coming and going from the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. We are looking for mature individuals, families, or groups who are dedicated prayer warriors, willing to sacrifice their personal comfort in order to make a difference for Jesus Christ. This opportunity is available beginning June 2015. 1545

We're Open to New Ideas

We have many opportunities requested by our teams, but we're open to new ideas. God has moved us into over 60 countries by bringing us people with vision, passion and calling. If you don't find an opportunity that fits, or doesn't fully fit ... let's talk. Our first priority is relationship (i.e. "Are we a good fit for each other? You and WorldVenture"). Once that is clear, we will walk with you into almost anything.

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Projects

Missionary Team


Randall & Divya Fick

Serving through Evangelism and Discipleship in Kenya


Sean & Jenny Nuccio

Youth discipleship in Kenya


Carol Wood

Serving in discipleship and evangelism in Kenya


Mark & Susie Mercer

Teaching in the graduate level seminary of the Africa International University, i.e. the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya


Ralph & Sandra Thompson III

Serving in evangelism and church planting in Kenya


Aaron & Bess Edmunds

Living out the love of Jesus with the impoverished children of Mombasa

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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