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Islamic militants targeted Christians in an attack that took place at Garissa University College on the morning of April 2nd, killing at least 147 people. According to the survivors of the attack, the assailants specifically killed Christians while leaving Muslims unharmed. Members of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group, known allies of Al Qaeda, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Over the past two years, Al Shabaab militants have carried out several attacks on Kenyan soil in retaliation for Kenya's military involvement in the Somali government's fight against the insurgents.

In a recent press release, a representative from The World Evangelical Alliance stated: "We condemn the cowardly, senseless, inhuman, targeted killing of innocent Christian students at Kenya's Garissa University College by masked gunmen from the Al Shabaab terror group.... We, as Christians, believe in the power of prayer, and we must be on our knees for the victims and survivors and the governments and the international organizations that are committed to sincerely help eradicate terrorism."

Please bring the many distraught families affected by this terrible atrocity before our Lord in prayer, asking that they be greatly comforted through the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit. May the survivors and those mourning the loss of dear loved ones be granted the grace to forgive their persecutors. In keeping with God's desire to reach the unsaved through His wonderful plan of salvation (John 3:16), let us pray that many members of Al Shabaab will repent and come to faith in Jesus.

Country Information

Kenya map & flagPopulation
55,864,655 (2022 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kikuyu (17.1), Luhya (14.3), Kalenjin (13.4), Luo (10.7), Kamba (9.8), Somali (5.8), Kisii (5.7), Mijikenda (5.2), Meru (4.2), Maasai (2.5), Turkana (2.1), other (9.2)

Religions (%)
Christian (85.5) (Protestant 33.4%, Catholic 20.6%, Evangelical 20.4% other 11.1%), Muslim (10.9), Other (1.8), None (1.6)

Government type
Presidential republic

President William Ruto (2022)

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law, and customary law; judicial review in a new Supreme Court established pursuant to the new constitution

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Kenya

Pray that Somali refugees within Kenya will be open to the gospel. Ask the Lord to encourage believers to be unified in heart and purpose as they serve converts from Islam. Pray that churches in the northeastern region will remain strong as they face Islamist attacks.


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    Pray that Christians in Kenya will continue
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  • Christians Ordered to Leave Area
    al-Shabaab - Photo: Voice of America www.voanews.com
    Photo: Voice of America

    On February 23rd, an audio recording was released by al-Shabaab demanding that all non-local Christians leave three provinces in northeastern Kenya. In the 25-minute clip, a spokesman for the Somalia-based Islamic terrorists urged any ethnic Somalis in the area to evict non-M

  • Christian Teachers Killed
    Al-Shabab militants
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    Photo: Voice of America

    Three Christian teachers were killed when suspected Al-Shabab terrorists attacked the town of Kamuthe in eastern Kenya during the early morning of January 13th. The teachers of a residential sc

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    A street in Garissa - Photo: Wikimedia/Adam H T Geelle
    Garissa, Kenya
    Photo: Wikimedia/Adam H T Geelle (cc)

    An underground pastor in eastern Kenya, near the Somali border, was severely beaten on the night of March 8th. Muslim militants assaulted him with wooden clubs, leaving him unconscious and with a broken leg, bruises and other injuries.

    Pastor Abd