Targeting Bible Illiteracy in ‘Christian-ish’ Kenya

Alex Duke and Chris Page | September 30, 2016

Street children are everywhere, perhaps even in your city. In the United States, street children are called runaways. Where I live, in Kisumu, Kenya, such children are called chokoraa, “one who eats garbage.”

This is our mission field, and for the past 23 years Agape Children’s Ministry has ministered to thousands of Kenyan street children.

But in a ministry that targets more than the physical needs of children, it’s a challenge to find Christian workers who grasp even the basics of their faith.

Christian-ish Kenya

Kenya is a nation of contradictions. Though the country is immensely beautiful, its people suffer horribly from poverty and disease. Demographically, Kenya is 82.5 percent Christian. Everyone I meet in Kisumu—besides Muslims—introduces themselves as “born again.”

Every non-Muslim and non-Hindu school in Kenya is required to teach Christian Religious Education (CRE) all 12 years of primary and secondary school. Yet the children of Kenya struggle to answer the most basic questions about Christianity. Sadly, the adults I meet are no different. Kenya is not a Christian nation; it is merely Christian-ish.

Agape employs 80 Kenyans who work as children’s pastors, house parents, cooks, social workers, guards, counselors, and teachers. These men and women minister daily to…

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