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Kenya

Kenya at one time was a colony of the British Empire. In 1963 it became the Independent Republic of Kenya. It is a country in East Africa that lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to its south-east. It is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. The population is a little over 52 million and the largest city is Nairobi with a population of around 6 million. The country is named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. The official language is Swahili and English. Trinity Ablaze in Kenya works namely among the Maasai who speak the Maa language. The currency is the Kenyan Shilling.

Kenya has a warm and humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline, which changes to wildlife-rich savannah grasslands moving inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a cool climate that gets colder approaching Mount Kenya, The warm and humid tropical climate reappears further inland towards Lake Victoria, before giving way to temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region. The North Eastern regions along the border with Somalia and Ethiopia are arid and semi-arid areas with near-desert landscapes. Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake and the world’s largest tropical lake, is situated to the southwest. Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse world-famous wildlife reserves.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) is the church that was born out of the work of the Swedish Lutheran Mission in 1948. In 2002, the church was restructured into Dioceses, forming the Central, Lake, South-West and North-West Dioceses. The first Arch-Bishop of the ELCK was elected the same year under the title, Presiding Bishop and each Diocese elected a Diocesan Bishop.

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