We parked the trucks on the field today, tomorrow it is time for action.

Leaving the warehouse in Nairobi now for the Kisumu Gospel Campaign.

19 – 22 September 2019

Kisumu, Kenya

Kisumu City is the largest and most important West Kenyan city, a bustling, thriving port city, situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Victoria.

Population

The Kisumu City metropole is the third largest in all of Kenya, after Nairobi and Mombasa. There are 600,000 people in the city itself, with an estimated 1.5 million in the suburbs and satellite towns close by. Two thirds of the population are under 25 years old, meaning most of the local population was not even alive yet, the last time CfaN was in this area. Kisumu is one of the fastest-growing cities in Kenya.

Trade and Commerce

With an international airport and Kisumu port on Lake Victoria, Kisumu is the commercial, industrial and transportation center of Western Kenya. There are prosperous agricultural sectors, including sugar and rice, as well as brewing and textile manufacturing. Oil is also exported, another factor in making Kisumu a vital commercial center in this region.

Weather

Kisumu enjoys a hot and humid climate, with temperatures usually between 30 – 35 degrees Celsius in the day. Being close to the equator, seasons to do not vary a great deal. Because of its proximity to Lake Victoria, Kisumu sometimes experiences violent weather events, such as hailstorms and extreme rainfall.

Religion

Anglican missionaries first brought Christianity to Kisumu in the early 1900’s. Currently, over 50% of the population are Catholics, and approximately 10% are Muslim, and most of the rest identify as Protestant. However, “traditional medicine” and ancestor worship are still followed by a large percentage of people (approximately 70%), despite their stated religion by census.