News Release

New Branch is Established in Cherengany, Kenya.  June 26, 2024

Kitale District in Kenya of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Continues to Grow with Addition of New Branch in Cherengany Constituency

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to grow in Kenya.  Each month, about 140 converts are baptized and confirmed as members of the Church.  Also fueling Church growth is Kenya’s birthrate which is more than twice that of the United States.  The growth in Church membership in Kenya means that the Church organization is continually changing.  Recently, the Kitale District added its sixth branch, the Cherengany Branch.  Subsequent to the creation of the Cherengany Branch the Bungoma Branch was created.  There are now seven branches in the Kitale District. 

Kitale is 388 kilometers (241 miles) northwest of Kenya’s capital city – Nairobi.  Kitale and Cherengany Constituency are located in the northern Rift Valley between Mount Elgon and the Cherengany Hills.  Prior to the creation of the Cherengany Branch in July of 2023 there were five Branches in the Kitale District.  For eight months after the formation of the branch, members met in the home of one of the branch members while a building was being renovated.  The building renovations were completed in March, 2024 and on June 8, 2024, an open house was held at the new Cherengany Branch building. 

In addition to Church members of the Kitale District, 94 people from the community came to the open house.  Pastors from several nearby churches came, as did a retired school principal.  Teachers, farmers, a sheep herder, trades-people,  business people, a midwife and a football coach were also among those who attended.

People from the community were invited to come and see, to learn and to ask questions about the Church.  Members of the Cherengany Branch shared with their community friends the story of the restoration of the Church, that it is today led by a living prophet, and most important, that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are believers in and disciples of Jesus Christ. 

At the conclusion of the open house, one community leader remarked, "We were being fed with false information about this Church. Now we have learned the truth about this Church.  We have learned that you believe in Jesus Christ and that you follow His example"

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