IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Kenya

In a context facing the challenge of corruption, social injustice and political instability on top of some of the most extreme poverty and the march of the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the region, there is a need for rapid church growth to be matched by a corresponding impact of the gospel.

Kenya is politically and economically stable although with a high rate of unemployment. It embraces freedom of worship and Christians are able to express their faith without facing hostility or persecution.

FOCUS Kenya has a small staff team for such a large number of students, but they are dedicated and hardworking.  Scripture engagement is a focus, especially through small group bible studies and well-run regional and national conferences.

A key development in recent years has been the Short Term Experience in Ministry (STEM) program which has helped students step up into leadership roles. The main challenge to the movement is inadequate financial resources to provide support for the many groups across the country.

View from the inside

Simon Masibo is the General Secretary of FOCUS Kenya. He says, ‘Students are the hope and future of a vibrant global church of Christ and a transformed world. I love to see students transformed progressively to become faithful and effective witnesses in and out of campus, and becoming salt and light wherever the lord locates them.’

He is inspired by 2 Corinthians 7:1-12, which begins with the words: ‘Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.’

Please pray:

  • for students to remain true to scripture and avoid the lure of ‘other gospels’ - especially the prosperity gospel;
  • for financial provision for students as a number of them are facing the challenge of rising college fees.