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LIFE   IN   KENYA

you know you're in kenya when

GiraffeYou see giraffe and zebra on the side of the road.

"Jambo" (hello in Swahili) will bring a friendly smile and light up the face of almost every stranger you great.

Everywhere you turn there is chai and white coffee. Chai is Kenyan tea steeped in milk rather than water. Similarly, white coffee is brewed in milk.

Matatos abound. Matatos are small privately owned 15 passenger vans that are used for public transport. Rare is the Matato driver who gets nominated for a safety award.

You have to swerve to miss a bush buck that ran into the road.

Monkeys and baboons try to steel your food (and sometimes they are successful).


Kenya is a diverse country with vast savannahs and snow capped mountains, lush green coastlines and arid desserts and bustling cities contrasted with remote villages. The people of Kenya are just as diverse as the geography with 68 different language / people groups in Kenya.

By God grace, Christianity has made significant progress in parts of Kenya and the church is growing. Solid teaching and sound theology is a challenge facing the church. There are areas in Kenya where there are few Christians and limited access to the Gospel. About 5 million of Kenya's population of 45 million are unreached.

Kenya ranks 147 out of 187 countries and territories in the UN's Human Development Index and is in the low human development category. The average salary per person is $2,158 per year.


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