NAIROBI - A small Kenyan church has opened its doors to welcome Christian and Muslim students in interfaith prayer before their national exams, reflecting a peaceful cooperation between the country's two Abrahamin faiths.
I did not expect to see any Muslims coming for prayers because I have never seen them come for prayers, John Chege, the minister for the Ujamaa Church of Christ, told the Christian Chronicle on Monday, December 10.
Living in a Muslim-dominated community near Mombasa, Kenya, Chege had planned a special prayer service for eighth graders about to take their national exams.Across Kenya, eighth graders are required to take a standardized test for admission to secondary school (high school).
Going on Sunday for the special prayer, Muslim families sent their students to share prayers with their neighboring church.
To my surprise, the church was filled up with many Muslims more than Christian students, he said
This was a total surprise to me, to the point that I did not know what to do.
When I called all students to come forward for prayers, the Muslims came also and we prayed for them, he added.
Praying together for the first time, the event encouraged more interfaith prayers between the country's Muslims and Christians.
This was so encouraging, to see even the Muslims around the church have confidence in our God, Chege said.
There are nearly ten million Muslims in Kenya, which has a population of 36 million.
Muslims make up nearly 98 percent of the communities of the North Eastern Province.