PALS | Africa

Kenya

Though 82.73% of Kenyans claim to be Christians, “Christianity is increasingly politicized as many churches seek to transform Kenyan politics with new parties and fresh vision” through “intimidation of the press, human rights abuses, ethnic discrimination and, above all, the controversial points in the new constitution.” (Operation World) Kenya’s population is almost 41 million and “most people live in the fertile plateaus of the south and west. Much of the north and east is desert. Only 8.9% of the land is cultivable.”

Nigeria

Nigeria has a population of 158 million, 51% of which are Christians (South) . 45% are Muslim (North). Life expectancy is almost 48 years and literacy is at 69%. Corruption is a large evil in each level of society in Nigeria. Constitutionally, Nigeria is a secular nation with a freedom of religion, but Muslims receive preferential treatment while Christians get discriminated against. Islamic violent groups are growing and Muslim leaders are imposing shari’a law in 13 states. Nigeria is labeled as one of the world’s most corrupt societies, with its e-mail scams, drug trading, embezzlement, and international crime. The North and South have constant tension, but Church grow is making large strides, though there is a great need for focus, leadership, and discipleship; some of the largest prayer meetings in history have been held in Nigeria.

Zambia

In 2010, Zambia had a population of 13 million. 86% of those deem themselves Christians and almost 9% profess ethnoreligiosity (ethnic groups whose members share a common religious history, i.e. Jews, Copts, etc.). Christianity is widely accepted in this country surrounded by chaos. 86% of Zambia’s people live in poverty, causing an extreme rate of child malnourishment, lack of clean water, and severe illiteracy (90%). Many of Zambia’s greatest minds and talent emigrate to other countries, leaving Zambia in need of those skills. Churches are hit or miss here, mainly due to a disconnect between African culture and Christianity. AIDS is always a crisis in Africa, and is no different here, causing over 710,000 orphans. Leadership training is desperately needed; there are still pockets of groups that have not heard the Gospel. Witchcraft and sorcery, Isalm, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are constantly combated here, hampering spiritual growth.