Nairobi churches

To escape the hectic pace of everyday life in the city, thousands of Nairobi residents flock on Sundays to the churches.Many claims that the exorbitant expense of living and the unpredictable nature of life in Nairobi have driven them to church.

Because the majority of the inhabitants have attended church to repent, worship, offer gratitude, and seek answers to their problems, Nairobi estates are generally quiet on Sundays.

The only "noise" is the lovely music emanating from several churches as they welcome people through their doors.

Some of the churches have a majestic appearance, while others, particularly in the slums, are formed of jumbled temporary buildings that seem as though they were built quickly.

Over 85% of the population in Kenya identified as Christians, with 33.4 percent of Protestants, 20.6 percent of Catholics, 20.4 percent of Evangelicals, nearly 11 percent identifying as Muslims, and 7% belonging to African-Instituted Churches, according to the 2019 Population Census conducted in Kenya.

Speaking to Wananchi Reporting, locals said that they were hurriedly attending church in an attempt to find "solutions" to their issues.

Many people in Nairobi manage to run the arduous race of hope that many are seeking, despite their limited financial resources.

Nairobi's sick, unemployed, and disenchanted people go from church to church in search of a miracle.

Others visit these churches as a result of recommendations, but for others, finding them requires a little experimentation and a lot of praying for miracles.

Every Sunday, you may witness the handicapped, the ill, the deaf, and the blind entering through the gates, either by themselves or with assistance.

A lot of people come here looking for relief. Others just need work, says Jacob Wafula, who runs a boda boda in Nairobi's Eastlands neighbourhood next to a church.

Jacob claims that this is a typical Sunday sight.

"Occasionally, the church is completely packed by 8 a.m. It seems as if more and more individuals are now attending church, he claims.

He continues, "I've heard that the church is currently constructing an addition to accommodate additional people.

After the church service, moms can be seen leaving the building while carrying their sick children on their backs.

One can tell from the expressions on the people's faces that many of these individuals will travel together on Sunday.

In pursuit of optimism, a few give up or transfer to other churches.

Thousands of Nairobi residents, like Mama Hellen from Kayole, attend church every Sunday.

She takes her whole family—four kids and a housekeeper—to church.

The unemployed single mother claims to be conducting these special prayers at her church in the hopes of a miracle.

"I have faith that I'll find work." Mama Hellen exclaims, " I spent time tithing and giving contributions every Sunday to have my way opened."

At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, Hellen was fired from her job in a Nairobi factory.

She claims that her pastor has assisted many people, and she too will soon get assistance. She must keep making tithes and offerings in the meantime.

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