Narok District is located in the South Rift Valley within Kenya. It is one of the districts within Narok County besides being the Narok County headquarters. Narok County has a population of 850,920, according to the 2009 Kenya Government Census. The County is the fourth most densely populated in the Rift Valley province. The population comprises mainly (85 percent) pastoralists called the Maasai people, otherwise called the people of the cattle. The Maasai are the indigenous people here. Narok town is the district headquarters where most facilities can be obtained.
A large community in need:
The town has a population of about 70,000 people mainly comprising the Maasai tribe. Other tribes are also here for business and farming e.g. Kikuyu, Kisii, Luo, Luhyia, Kamba, Meru e.t.c. The town is growing rapidly but lacks many modern facilities. Farming in large scale e.g. wheat farming, barley, maize, beans is done in Narok District but mainly done by non-natives. The place is generally dry/dusty if there is no rain but green and flooded if it rains. Majority are traditionalists who believe in the Maasai traditional cultures and customs. Christians are the majority religion but born again believers are not many. Other religions present are Islam (which follows after the number of Christians), Hinduism, Cults and Occultism.
Seven wonders of the world:
Narok is a host to one of the Seven Wonders of the World called Maasai Mara National Park .
The district is mainly bushy and wild with many kinds of wildlife.
Missions target area:
Our current target area is Narok town and its adjacent Maasai villages of Bobong’, Kipangas and Olopito. We also work in Olooltoto village where we have a Church plant. The population in our target areas is about 63,000 people. There are about 20 protestant evangelical churches with Pentecostal inclination. Other Christian affiliated denominations are about 25.
Tourism bring benefits and problems:
Narok town and its environs attract many tourists and hence sexual immorality is rampant. One district hospital serves a big population. Water supply from Narok River is polluted and insufficient in town and not available in villages. Education standards are low – (illiteracy rate of about 60% in general but in other villages illiteracy rate is about 85%) due to remoteness and other factors. Many lack daily income due to lack of industries among other factors. Majority Christians not properly discipled because most pastors/church leaders are either working for the government or engaged in other work to generate income. Many church leaders are also not trained or ill-trained. Majorities are unemployed and lack good sources of income.