25 May 2016 // Articles & Stories

Why do we still need missionaries in Kenya?

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This article was first featured alongside our Prayer Diary in June 2016. You can download the June 2016 prayer points here or sign-up to receive future editions by post or email.

AIM have had missionaries based in Kenya since 1895 when Peter Cameron Scott first landed in Mombasa. Now, the indigenous Africa Inland Church is currently estimated to have about 5,000 local congregations and is continuing to grow. So why do we still need missionaries to go to Kenya?

Despite Christianity being the dominant faith there are still many people groups unreached with the gospel as a result of ethnic diversity and Kenya’s vast areas of countryside. We are currently working with around 10 unreached people groups there, and the goal is to be working in partnership with the local churches to reach more. We’re seeking to achieve this through a range of different ministries – all with the same vision of reaching out to the lost and sharing the gospel with those who have never heard it.

Strategic roles in mission

Rift Valley Academy boarding school and the Tumaini Counselling Centre are situated in Kenya, both of which play an essential and strategic role in enabling missionaries to carry on serving in Africa. Kijabe Hospital, about 65 km outside Nairobi, has incredible opportunities to reach the unreached who come through their door seeking healthcare. They receive good medical treatment, but also love, pastoral care and often the gospel from the Christians working there.

What is your role?

So how could you serve in Kenya? At the moment there is a real need for Bible teachers and youth workers, and also a number of short term opportunities across a huge variety of roles. From mechanics to construction workers, accountants to librarians, homeschooling to healthcare, there are opportunities to play an integral part in reaching the unreached with the gospel.

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Rift Valley Academy

Jan Rossington is based at Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kenya, AIM’s boarding school for missionaries’ children where she teaches French, as well as overseeing an IGCSE programme for the school’s British students. It is invaluable work, enabling many parents to reach the unreached as they serve God across Africa.

A desire to share the gospel

“So I’d like to know, why are you all in this French class? What made you choose French here at RVA? … Yes, Ben?”
“I’m here because I’d like to use French to share the gospel with Muslims.”

This happened on my first day of teaching at RVA, and I was quite blown away by Ben’s response to my question. I’ve since learned that a number of my students are hoping to use their French to reach the unreached. 50% of the unreached people groups in Africa are in Francophone Africa, so the need is great.

Next generation of missionaries

One of the thrilling parts of my teaching job at RVA is knowing that I’m helping to train the next generation of missionaries – many RVA graduates over the years have returned to Africa as missionaries.
I’m also very aware of how RVA enables many missionary families to stay on the field. I often hear parents say that if it wasn’t for RVA, they wouldn’t be able to stay in Africa. The main reason that missionaries leave the mission field is because of their children’s education. RVA provides an excellent education through to the end of secondary school, and offers social and extracurricular activities that are hard to provide when homeschooling in a small village.

Enabling mission

As well as teaching secondary French, I co-ordinate the school’s IGCSE programme. This programme is vital for British families whose children need IGCSE qualifications for further study in the UK. I’m convinced that the IGCSE programme will help British missionaries stay on the field.

Our own three children, Zoë, Martha and Joe, are enjoying RVA. They have new opportunities to develop their gifts in areas such as drama, music and sport, and are all enjoying the social side of life at RVA.
Thank you for praying for the ministry of RVA, and for our family here in Kijabe, Kenya.

Bruce & Jan Rossington

Jan teaches French and oversees the IGCSE programme at Rift Valley Academy. Zoe, Martha and Joe study there. Bruce is Eastern Region's Scripture Engagement Consultant, helping teams make Scripture accessible to unreached people groups in their heart languages.

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