Why Nairobi, Kenya?
Strategic City & Region
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”—Matthew 9:37-38
With the Lord’s providential leading, we have based our ministry in the strategic capital city of Nairobi, Kenya. Since the 1960s, Kenya has experienced an influx of people — both from rural areas and other countries — to Nairobi.
Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and is the largest city in East Africa. As one of the most prominent cities in all of Africa, its role as a strategic hub for international affairs, business development, government, and culture continues to grow.
Nairobi is an example of the contrast between the first and third worlds where material wealth coexists in an uneasy relationship with great poverty. In Nairobi, first class restaurants and roadside open grills, luxurious shopping malls and sidewalk vendors, towering office buildings and enormous shanty towns, international investors and polio-stricken beggars, legions of international aid agencies and world famous terrorists, wealthy worldwide business investors and roadside hawkers selling baby animals all inhabit the same city.
The city of Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, multicultural, vibrant, modern city. It is the gateway to East Africa. As of 2009, the population of Nairobi stood at more than 3.5 million and is estimated to be 4.5 million by 2016. Nairobi continues to thrive and benefit greatly from the general stability that Kenya enjoys compared to many countries in the region. Asians, Africans, Europeans, Americans, thousands of international diplomatic personnel, and, of course, 3.5 million people call Nairobi home, giving it a unique status in East Africa.
Economically, Nairobi has evolved into an important and strategic economic hub for the East African region. The city has grown exponentially and is now a center for huge manufacturing facilities as well as massive investment opportunities. Thus, Nairobi continues to be the regional center driving economic activity in the East African region.
The reasons for basing our ministries in Nairobi are many. As we seek to reach Kenyans and greater East Africa with the gospel of Christ through evangelism, church planting, and theological training, Nairobi is the place to expand influence to impact East Africa for Christ.