Country: Kenya

Number of People Groups

110

People Groups Unreached

33 (30.0%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

50,852,000

Population in Unreached

5,491,000 (10.8%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

78.0%

% Evangelical

47.57%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.4%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
Ajuran 70,000 70,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.30 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 10,000 190,342,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 29.00 % -
 Arab, Hadrami 12,000 1,606,000 Arabic, Hadrami Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Kenyan 50,000 403,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Omani 26,000 2,861,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 34,000 7,134,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Aweer 9,400 9,700 Aweer Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Bajuni 177,000 210,000 Swahili Islam 5.00 % 1.00 % 4
 British 42,000 52,309,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 15.00 % -
 Burji 29,000 137,000 Burji Islam 10.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chagga 19,000 1,166,000 Mochi Christianity 75.00 % 35.00 % -
 Chinese, general 33,000 12,929,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
Chuka 218,000 218,000 Gichuka Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 23.00 % -
 Daasanach 16,000 94,000 Daasanach Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % 1
Dabida Taita 338,000 365,000 Dawida Christianity 80.00 % 38.00 % -
 Dahalo 3,000 3,000 Dahalo Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Deaf 382,000 46,464,000 Kenyan Sign Language Christianity 82.61 % -
 El Molo 3,500 3,500 Samburu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 2.00 % -
 Embu 401,000 401,000 Kiembu Christianity 95.00 % 48.00 % -
 French 1,900 50,089,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Ganda, Luganda 49,000 8,355,000 Ganda Christianity 70.00 % 22.00 % -
 Garre 859,000 979,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 17
Goanese, Kenyan 9,300 650,000 Konkani, Goan Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % -
 Gujarati Creole 1,900 86,000 Cutchi-Swahili Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Gujarati, Kenyan 201,000 2,339,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.10 % 0.02 % 4
 Gusii 2,740,000 2,741,000 Ekegusii Christianity 95.00 % 59.82 % -
 Hindi 6,300 1,449,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Hutu, Rundi 4,600 10,703,000 Rundi Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 % -
 Ilchamus 40,000 40,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.50 % 1
 Ilwana 21,000 21,000 Kiwilwana Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 1
 Iteso 419,000 3,324,000 Teso Christianity 94.00 % 4.00 % -
 Kachchi, Asian 76,000 157,000 Kacchi Hinduism 0.30 % 0.10 % 2
Kalenjin, Keiyo 210,000 210,000 Keiyo Christianity 75.00 % 29.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Kipsigis 2,371,000 2,371,000 Kipsigis Christianity 97.00 % 60.93 % -
 Kalenjin, Marakwet 291,000 291,000 Markweeta Ethnic Religions 46.00 % 45.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Nandi 1,175,000 1,175,000 Nandi Christianity 98.00 % 53.18 % -
 Kalenjin, Okiek 97,000 97,000 Okiek Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.40 % -
 Kalenjin, Pokot 783,000 913,000 Pokoot Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 20.00 % -
 Kalenjin, Sabaot 303,000 303,000 Sabaot Christianity 90.00 % 40.00 % -
Kalenjin, Terik 372,000 372,000 Terik Christianity 80.00 % 39.00 % -
Kalenjin, Tugen 186,000 186,000 Tugen Christianity 90.00 % 41.00 % -
 Kamba 4,828,000 4,850,000 Kamba Christianity 98.00 % 65.36 % -
 Kikuyu 10,120,000 10,254,000 Gikuyu Christianity 98.00 % 72.01 % -
 Konso 2,200 378,000 Konso Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 % -
 Kuria 322,000 1,043,000 Kuria Christianity 52.00 % 36.00 % -
 Luhya, Bukusu 1,773,000 1,819,000 Bukusu Christianity 98.00 % 60.93 % -
Luhya, Idakho 211,000 211,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
 Luhya, Isukha 269,000 269,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 41.00 % -
Luhya, Kabras 313,000 313,000 Lukabaras Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 % -
Luhya, Khayo 154,000 154,000 Olukhayo Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 % -
Luhya, Kisa 170,000 170,000 Olushisa Christianity 90.00 % 43.00 % -
Luhya, Lutachoni 329,000 329,000 Lutachoni Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 % -
Luhya, Marachi 192,000 192,000 Olumarachi Christianity 90.00 % 46.00 % -
Luhya, Maragoli 765,000 765,000 Lulogooli Christianity 95.00 % 42.00 % -
Luhya, Marama 189,000 189,000 Olumarama Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 % -
Luhya, Nyala 338,000 338,000 Nyala Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
Luhya, Nyore 385,000 385,000 Olunyole Christianity 93.00 % 46.00 % -
 Luhya, Saamia 155,000 799,000 Saamia Christianity 95.00 % 45.00 % -
Luhya, Tachoni 146,000 146,000 Bukusu Christianity 85.00 % 47.00 % -
Luhya, Tiriki 260,000 260,000 Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi Christianity 85.00 % 40.00 % -
Luhya, Tsoto 150,000 150,000 Olutsotso Christianity 90.00 % 49.00 % -
Luhya, Wanga 383,000 383,000 Oluwanga Christianity 94.00 % 44.00 % -
 Luo 5,019,000 5,251,000 Dholuo Christianity 98.00 % 62.04 % -
 Maasai 1,096,000 1,485,000 Maasai Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 26.59 % -
 Makonde 3,400 2,314,000 Makonde Islam 10.00 % 2.00 % -
 Marathi 500 71,000 Marathi Hinduism 2.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Masaba, Gisu 61,000 2,099,000 Masaaba Christianity 85.00 % 38.00 % -
 Mbeere 208,000 208,000 Kiembu Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 14.00 % -
 Meru 2,052,000 2,052,000 Kimiiru Christianity 97.00 % 59.82 % -
 Midgan 2,400 9,200 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Mijikenda, Chonyi 184,000 184,000 Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma Christianity 50.00 % 12.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Digo 388,000 631,000 Chidigo Islam 0.10 % 0.05 % 8
 Mijikenda, Duruma 491,000 491,000 Chiduruma Christianity 65.00 % 24.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Giriama 930,000 930,000 Kigiryama Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 % -
Mijikenda, Jibana 44,000 44,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
Mijikenda, Kambe 31,000 31,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.00 % -
Mijikenda, Kauma 65,000 65,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
 Mijikenda, Rabai 122,000 122,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 13.00 % -
Mijikenda, Ribe 18,000 18,000 Kigiryama Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
Mukogodo, Yaaku 4,300 4,300 Yaaku Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.70 % -
Munyoyaya 2,000 2,000 Orma Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Mwimbi-Muthambi 218,000 218,000 Mwimbi-Muthambi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 22.00 % -
Ndigiri 3,000 3,000 Gikuyu Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 3.00 % -
 Nubian 19,000 55,000 Nubi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Omotik, Ndorobo 43,000 43,000 Omotik Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Orma 80,000 80,000 Orma Islam 0.04 % 0.04 % 2
 Oromo, Borana 200,000 1,481,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 8.00 % 2.00 % -
 Oromo, Gabbra 111,000 111,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 3.00 % -
 Oromo, Sakuye 33,000 33,000 Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji Islam 0.40 % 0.00 % 1
 Pokomo 118,000 118,000 Kipfokomo Islam 25.00 % 18.00 % -
 Punjabi 63,000 2,050,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.20 % 0.10 % 1
 Rendille 75,000 75,000 Rendille Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.20 % -
 Sagalla Taita 338,000 338,000 Sagalla Ethnic Religions 37.00 % 24.00 % -
 Samburu 293,000 293,000 Samburu Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 12.00 % -
 Sanye 16,000 16,000 Waata Islam 25.00 % 5.00 % -
 Segeju 500 20,000 Segeju Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Seychellese Creole 2,000 93,000 Seychelles Creole French Christianity 97.00 % 6.00 % -
 Sindhi 3,200 95,000 Sindhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Somali 2,890,000 22,706,000 Somali Islam 0.11 % 0.09 % 58
 Somali Ajuran 220,000 220,000 Somali Islam 0.10 % 0.08 % 4
 Somali Bantu 104,000 890,000 Maay Islam 0.05 % 0.05 % 2
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 1,500 1,456,000 Bengali Islam 2.00 % 0.10 % 1
Suba 172,000 172,000 Suba Christianity 100.00 % 45.00 % -
 Swahili, Coastal 44,000 1,756,000 Swahili Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 Taveta 26,000 33,000 Taveta Christianity 72.00 % 37.00 % -
 Teuso 1,500 22,000 Ik Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % -
 Tharaka 218,000 218,000 Kitharaka Ethnic Religions 43.00 % 22.00 % -
 Toposa 2,900 307,000 Toposa Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Turkana 1,223,000 1,265,000 Turkana Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 22.16 % -
Wardei 62,000 62,000 Somali Islam 10.00 % 1.00 % -
  Totals:  110 50,852,000       33   78.03 % 47.57 % 125 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 99,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 50,951,000                

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Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   50,852,000 110 33 30.0 % 5,491,000 10.8 % 0
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
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 Bible Portions
Aweer bob 1 1 Bible Portions
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Bukusu bxk 2 0 Complete Bible
Burji bji 1 0 New Testament
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma coh 1 0 Bible Portions
Chidigo dig 1 1 New Testament
Chiduruma dug 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Cutchi-Swahili ccl 1 1
Daasanach dsh 1 1 New Testament
Dahalo dal 1 1
Dawida dav 1 0 Complete Bible
Dholuo luo 1 0 Complete Bible
Ekegusii guz 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Ganda lug 1 0 Complete Bible
Gichuka cuh 1 0 Bible Portions
Gikuyu kik 2 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Ik ikx 1 0 Bible Portions
Kacchi kfr 1 1 New Testament
Kamba kam 1 0 Complete Bible
Keiyo eyo 1 0
Kenyan Sign Language xki 1 0 Bible Portions
Kiembu ebu 2 0 Complete Bible
Kigiryama nyf 6 0 Complete Bible
Kimiiru mer 1 0 Complete Bible
Kipfokomo pkb 1 0 New Testament
Kipsigis sgc 1 0 New Testament
Kitharaka thk 1 0 Complete Bible
Kiwilwana mlk 1 1
Konkani, Goan gom 1 0 Complete Bible
Konso kxc 1 0 New Testament
Kuria kuj 1 0 New Testament
Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi ida 3 0 Complete Bible
Lukabaras lkb 1 0
Lulogooli rag 1 0 Complete Bible
Lutachoni lts 1 0
Maasai mas 1 0 Complete Bible
Maay ymm 1 1 Bible Portions
Makonde kde 1 0 New Testament
Marathi mar 1 1 Complete Bible
Markweeta enb 1 0 New Testament
Masaaba myx 1 0 Complete Bible
Mochi old 1 0 New Testament
Mwimbi-Muthambi mws 1 0
Nandi niq 1 0 Complete Bible
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 Bible
Olushisa lks 1 0
Olutsotso lto 1 0
Oluwanga lwg 1 0 Bible Portions
Omotik omt 1 0
Orma orc 2 2 New Testament
Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji gax 5 3 Complete Bible
Pokoot pko 1 0 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Rendille rel 1 0 New Testament
Rundi run 1 0 Complete Bible
Saamia lsm 1 0 Complete Bible
Sabaot spy 1 0 Complete Bible
Sagalla tga 1 0 New Testament
Samburu saq 3 1 Bible Portions
Segeju seg 1 1
Seychelles Creole French crs 1 0 Complete Bible
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Somali som 4 3 Complete Bible
Suba sxb 1 0 New Testament
Swahili swh 3 3 Complete Bible
Taveta tvs 1 0 New Testament
Terik tec 1 0
Teso teo 1 0 Complete Bible
Toposa toq 1 1 Bible Portions
Tugen tuy 1 0 Bible Portions
Turkana tuv 1 0 Complete Bible
Waata ssn 1 0 Bible Portions
Yaaku muu 1 0
Totals: 87 110 33   22 38 57 71 12

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 47.6 %)
78.0 %
Ethnic Religions
9.1 %
Hinduism
0.5 %
Islam
11.5 %
Non-Religious
0.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.8 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
13.3 %
Independent
27.8 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
42.5 %
Roman Catholic
15.6 %
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 110
Unreached People Groups 33  (30.0%)
Population 50,852,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.6%
Population in Unreached 5,491,000  (10.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 125
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 78.0%
Percent Evangelical 47.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.4%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 26%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code KE
Official Language(s) EnglishSwahili
Literacy Rate 82%
Estimated Illiterate Population 9,153,000
Persecution Ranking 32 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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