Country: Kenya

Number of People Groups

111

People Groups Unreached

32 (28.8%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

48,352,000

Population in Unreached

5,568,000 (11.5%)

Literacy Rate

87 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

76.7%

% Evangelical

43.96%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Ajuran 67,000 67,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.30 %
 Americans, U.S. 10,000 190,291,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 %
 Arab, Hadrami 12,000 600,000 Arabic, Hadrami Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Kenyan 48,000 793,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Omani 25,000 2,702,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 %
 Arab, Yemeni 33,000 7,584,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Aweer 9,000 9,200 Aweer Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %
 British 40,000 51,834,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 15.00 %
 Burji 28,000 133,000 Burji Islam 10.00 % 8.00 %
 Chagga 19,000 1,134,000 Mochi Christianity 75.00 % 35.00 %
 Chinese, general 32,000 8,903,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 4.00 % 1.00 %
Chuka 209,000 209,000 Gichuka Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 23.00 %
 Coloured 9,000 6,137,000 English Christianity 75.00 % 10.00 %
 Daasanach 15,000 92,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 %
Dabida Taita 324,000 351,000 Dawida Christianity 80.00 % 38.00 %
 Dahalo 2,800 2,800 Dahalo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Kenyan Sign Language Christianity 83.00 % 0.07 %
 El Molo 3,400 3,400 Samburu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.00 %
 Embu 384,000 384,000 Kiembu Christianity 95.00 % 48.00 %
 French 1,900 49,762,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Ganda, Luganda 47,000 7,820,000 Ganda Christianity 70.00 % 22.00 %
 Garre 823,000 917,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.02 % 0.01 %
Goanese, Kenyan 8,900 692,000 Konkani, Goan Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 %
 Gujarati Creole 1,900 83,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 2.00 % 0.10 %
 Gujarati, Kenyan 193,000 2,266,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.10 % 0.02 %
Gusii 2,616,000 2,617,000 Ekegusii Christianity 80.00 % 54.00 %
 Hindi 6,100 1,431,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Hutu, Rundi 4,500 11,351,000 Rundi Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 %
 Ilchamus 39,000 39,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 %
 Kachchi, Asian 73,000 152,000 Kacchi Hinduism 0.30 % 0.10 %
Kalenjin, Keiyo 201,000 201,000 Keiyo Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 %
 Kalenjin, Kipsigis 2,273,000 2,273,000 Kipsigis Christianity 97.00 % 55.00 %
Kalenjin, Marakwet 279,000 279,000 Markweeta Ethnic Religions 46.00 % 45.00 %
 Kalenjin, Nandi 1,127,000 1,127,000 Nandi Christianity 98.00 % 48.00 %
 Kalenjin, Okiek 93,000 93,000 Okiek Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.40 %
 Kalenjin, Pokot 750,000 873,000 Pokoot Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 20.00 %
 Kalenjin, Sabaot 290,000 290,000 Sabaot Christianity 90.00 % 40.00 %
Kalenjin, Terik 357,000 357,000 Terik Christianity 80.00 % 39.00 %
Kalenjin, Tugen 179,000 179,000 Tugen Christianity 90.00 % 41.00 %
 Kamba 4,617,000 4,764,000 Kamba Christianity 98.00 % 59.00 %
 Kikuyu 9,380,000 9,508,000 Gikuyu Christianity 98.00 % 65.00 %
 Konso 2,100 370,000 Konso Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
 Kuria 309,000 1,010,000 Kuria Christianity 75.00 % 36.00 %
 Luhya, Bukusu 1,699,000 1,743,000 Lubukusu Christianity 98.00 % 55.00 %
Luhya, Idakho 202,000 202,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 %
 Luhya, Isukha 258,000 258,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 41.00 %
Luhya, Kabras 300,000 300,000 Lukabaras Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 %
Luhya, Khayo 148,000 148,000 Olukhayo Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 %
Luhya, Kisa 163,000 163,000 Olushisa Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 %
Luhya, Lutachoni 316,000 316,000 Lutachoni Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 %
Luhya, Marachi 184,000 184,000 Olumarachi Christianity 90.00 % 46.00 %
Luhya, Maragoli 733,000 733,000 Lulogooli Christianity 95.00 % 42.00 %
Luhya, Marama 181,000 181,000 Olumarama Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 %
Luhya, Nyala 324,000 324,000 Nyala Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 %
Luhya, Nyore 369,000 369,000 Olunyole Christianity 93.00 % 46.00 %
 Luhya, Saamia 148,000 760,000 Saamia Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 %
Luhya, Tachoni 140,000 140,000 Lubukusu Christianity 85.00 % 47.00 %
Luhya, Tiriki 249,000 249,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 40.00 %
Luhya, Tsoto 144,000 144,000 Olutsotso Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 %
Luhya, Wanga 367,000 367,000 Oluwanga Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 %
 Luo 4,797,000 5,022,000 Dholuo Christianity 98.00 % 56.00 %
 Maasai 1,051,000 1,429,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 24.00 %
 Makonde 3,300 2,211,000 Makonde Islam 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Marathi 500 69,000 Marathi Hinduism 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Masaba, Gisu 59,000 1,996,000 Masaaba Christianity 85.00 % 38.00 %
Mbeere 199,000 199,000 Kiembu Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 14.00 %
 Meru 1,967,000 1,967,000 Kimiiru Christianity 97.00 % 54.00 %
 Midgan 2,300 7,400 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mijikenda, Chonyi 176,000 176,000 Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma Christianity 50.00 % 12.00 %
 Mijikenda, Digo 372,000 608,000 Chidigo Islam 0.10 % 0.05 %
 Mijikenda, Duruma 470,000 470,000 Chiduruma Christianity 65.00 % 24.00 %
 Mijikenda, Giriama 891,000 891,000 Kigiryama Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 %
Mijikenda, Jibana 42,000 42,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 %
Mijikenda, Kambe 30,000 30,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 %
Mijikenda, Kauma 63,000 63,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 %
Mijikenda, Rabai 117,000 117,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 %
Mijikenda, Ribe 17,000 17,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 %
Mukogodo, Yaaku 4,100 4,100 Yaaku Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.70 %
Munyoyaya 1,900 1,900 Orma Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Mwimbi-Muthambi 209,000 209,000 Mwimbi-Muthambi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 22.00 %
Ndigiri 2,800 2,800 Gikuyu Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 3.00 %
 Nubian 18,000 52,000 Nubi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Omotik, Ndorobo 42,000 42,000 Omotik Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 %
 Orma 77,000 77,000 Orma Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Oromo, Borana 191,000 1,447,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 8.00 % 2.00 %
 Oromo, Gabbra 106,000 106,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 3.00 %
 Oromo, Sakuye 32,000 32,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.00 %
 Pokomo 113,000 113,000 Kipfokomo Islam 25.00 % 18.00 %
 Punjabi 61,000 2,025,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.20 % 0.10 %
 Rendille 72,000 72,000 Rendille Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.20 %
Sagalla Taita 324,000 324,000 Sagalla Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 24.00 %
 Samburu 281,000 281,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 %
 Sanye 15,000 15,000 Waata Islam 25.00 % 5.00 %
 Segeju 500 20,000 Segeju Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Seychellese Creole 1,900 96,000 Seychelles Creole French Christianity 97.00 % 6.00 %
 Sindhi 3,000 98,000 Sindhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Somali 2,770,000 20,079,000 Somali Islam 0.04 % 0.03 %
 Somali Ajuran 211,000 211,000 Somali Islam 0.10 % 0.08 %
Somali Bantu 425,000 735,000 Maay Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 1,400 1,460,000 Bengali Islam 2.00 % 0.10 %
Suba 165,000 165,000 Suba Christianity 100.00 % 45.00 %
 Swahili, Bajuni 170,000 201,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 1.00 %
 Swahili, Coastal 42,000 930,000 Swahili Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Taposa 2,800 310,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 %
 Taveta 25,000 32,000 Taveta Christianity 72.00 % 37.00 %
 Teso 402,000 3,172,000 Teso Christianity 94.00 % 46.00 %
 Teuso 1,400 20,000 Ik Christianity 85.00 % 40.00 %
 Tharaka 209,000 209,000 Kitharaka Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 22.00 %
 Turkana 1,172,000 1,213,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 20.00 %
Waliwana 20,000 20,000 Kiwilwana Islam 15.00 % 6.00 %
Wardei 59,000 59,000 Somali Islam 10.00 % 1.00 %
  Totals:  111 48,352,000       32   76.67 % 43.96 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 115,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 48,467,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, Hadrami Spoken ayh 1 1
Arabic, Omani Spoken acx 1 1
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1
Aweer bob 1 1
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete
Burji bji 1 0 NT
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma coh 1 0
Chidigo dig 1 1 NT
Chiduruma dug 1 0 NT
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete
Cutchi-Swahili ccl 1 1
Daasanach dsh 1 1 NT
Dahalo dal 1 1
Dawida dav 1 0 NT
Dholuo luo 1 0 Complete
Ekegusii guz 1 0 Complete
English eng 3 0 Complete
French fra 1 0 Complete
Ganda lug 1 0 Complete
Gichuka cuh 1 0 Portions
Gikuyu kik 2 0 Complete
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete
Ik ikx 1 0 Portions
Kacchi kfr 1 1 NT
Kamba kam 1 0 Complete
Keiyo eyo 1 0
Kenyan Sign Language xki 1 0 Portions
Kiembu ebu 2 0 Complete
Kigiryama nyf 6 0 Complete
Kimiiru mer 1 0 Complete
Kipfokomo pkb 1 0 NT
Kipsigis sgc 1 0
Kitharaka thk 1 0 NT
Kiwilwana mlk 1 0
Konkani, Goan gom 1 0 Complete
Konso kxc 1 0 Complete
Kuria kuj 1 0 NT
Lubukusu bxk 2 0 Complete
Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi ida 3 0 Complete
Lukabaras lkb 1 0
Lulogooli rag 1 0 Complete
Lutachoni lts 1 0
Maasai mas 1 0 Complete
Maay ymm 1 1 Portions
Makonde kde 1 0 NT
Marathi mar 1 1 Complete
Markweeta enb 1 0 NT
Masaaba myx 1 0 Complete
Mochi old 1 0 NT
Mwimbi-Muthambi mws 1 0
Nandi niq 1 0
Nubi kcn 1 1
Nyala nle 1 0
Okiek oki 1 0
Olukhayo lko 1 0
Olumarachi lri 1 0
Olumarama lrm 1 0
Olunyole nyd 1 0 Complete
Olushisa lks 1 0
Olutsotso lto 1 0
Oluwanga lwg 1 0
Omotik omt 1 0
Orma orc 2 2 Portions
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 5 3 Complete
Pokoot pko 1 0 Complete
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete
Rendille rel 1 0 Portions
Rundi run 1 0 Complete
Saamia lsm 1 0 NT
Sabaot spy 1 0 Complete
Sagalla tga 1 0 NT
Samburu saq 3 1 Portions
Segeju seg 1 1
Seychelles Creole French crs 1 0 NT
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete
Somali som 4 3 Complete
Suba sxb 1 0 NT
Swahili swh 3 3 Complete
Taveta tvs 1 0 NT
Terik tec 1 0
Teso teo 1 0 Complete
Toposa toq 1 1 Portions
Tugen tuy 1 0
Turkana tuv 1 0 NT
Waata ssn 1 0
Yaaku muu 1 0
Totals: 87 111 32   14 38 51 70 12

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 44.0 %)
76.7 %
Ethnic Religions
9.8 %
Hinduism
0.5 %
Islam
12.2 %
Non-Religious
0.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.7 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
12.8 %
Independent
28.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
43.4 %
Roman Catholic
15.7 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Kenya. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Kenya
  • Christian ministry in Kenya
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Kenya or East and Southern Africa. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

In Kenya Size
Adventures in Missions Medium
Africa Inland Mission, International Medium
African Enterprise Medium
African Leadership Small
Artists in Christian Testimony Medium
Audio Scripture Ministries Small
Baptist International Outreach Medium
Baptist World Aid, Australia Small
Bethany International Ministries Medium
Bright Hope International Medium
Canadian Baptist International Ministries Medium
Childcare Worldwide Medium
Christ to the Nations Medium
Christian Blind Mission International Small
Christian Church of North America - Missions Small
Church Mission Society Medium
Church of God, Anderson, Indiana Medium
CMF International Medium
Compassion International Large
Crosslinks Medium
DeNike Ministries Small
East-West Ministries International Medium
Eastern Mennonite Missions Medium
Elim Fellowship Medium
Empowering Lives International Medium
Equip, Incorporated Medium
Evangel Bible Translators Medium
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Medium
Faith Comes By Hearing Medium
FEBInternational Medium
Fellowship International Mission Medium
Food for the Hungry Medium
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Friends United Meeting - Global Ministries Small
Full Gospel Evangelistic Association Small
Global Fellowship Medium
Global Outreach International Medium
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Globe International Medium
Gospel Furthering Fellowship Small
Greater Grace World Outreach Missions Medium
Harvest Foundation Small
Harvest International Medium
Independent Faith Mission Medium
Integra Small
International Christian Ministries Medium
International Christian Ministries Canada Small
International Gospel Outreach Medium
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Small
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Medium
Into All The World Small
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Live in Love Small
Living Hope Ministries, International Small
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention Medium
Map International Medium
Mission Aviation Fellowship Medium
Mission Ministries Medium
Mission of Mercy Small
Mission ONE Incorporated Medium
Mission: Moving Mountains Medium
Missions Door Medium
Navigators, International Missions Group Medium
New Directions International Medium
New Mission Systems International Medium
OC International Medium
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Medium
Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship Medium
Reformed Baptist Mission Services Small
Reformed Church in America Medium
Samaritan's Purse Large
Seed International Small
TEAR Australia Medium
Tear Netherlands Small
Tearfund Medium
TearFund Belgium Small
TearFund Switzerland Small
TearFund UK Large
The Master's Mission Medium
Things To Come Mission Medium
Walk Thru the Bible Ministries Medium
Women to the World Small
World Concern Large
World Concern Medium
World Gospel Mission Medium
World Harvest Mission Medium
World Missions Far Corners Incorporated Large
World Relief Large
World Relief Canada Small
World Relief USA Medium
World Renew Medium
World-Wide Missions Medium
In East and Southern Africa Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Action International Ministries Medium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions Medium
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Every Home for Christ Medium
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Friends in Action, International Small
Galcom International Small
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Heart of God Ministries Medium
Hope for the Hungry Medium
InterComm Small
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Middle East Media Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Overland Missions Small
Pentecostal Church of God World Missions Small
Scripture Union Medium
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Talking Bibles International Small
Team Expansion Medium
Tentmakers International Small
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
United World Mission Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large
Kenya Statistics
People Groups 111
Unreached People Groups 32  (28.8%)
Population 48,352,000
Population in Unreached 5,568,000  (11.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 132 to 172
Urbanization 25%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code KE
Official National Language English
Secondary National Language Swahili
Literacy Rate 87%
Estimated Illiterate Population 6,286,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 76.7%
Percent Evangelical 44.0%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking 18 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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