The factors that led to the spread of Christianity in east Africa

The factors that led to the spread of Christianity in east Africa

the missionary societies that merged to form the Alliance of Missionary Societies in British East Africa.

  • The Church of Scotland Mission
  • The Church Missionary Society (CMS).
  • The Africa Inland Mission.
  • The United Methodist Church Mission.
  • The British and foreign Bible Society.




the factors that led to the spread of Christianity in east Africa.

  • Seyid Saids support. Early missionaries such as Krapf were given introductory letters for assistance from coastal rulers.
  • Some African communities were friendly to the Missionaries.
  • Missionaries valued, studied and were able to use the languages of the people among whom they worked, eventually committing them to writing. For instance, Krapf translated and published the dictionary and parts of the bible into Kiswahili, Kikamba and Kirabai.
  • The Christian teaching on equality and love for one another appealed to many Africans.
  • African converts, especially in the Freed Slave centers such as Freetown helped missionaries to spread the gospel.
  • Mission stations, schools and medical centers influenced the spread of Christianity since those living there had to be converted to Christianity.
  • Explorers encouraged the missionaries‟ work. Henry Morton Stanley‟s report on Buganda encouraged missionaries to go to Uganda.
  • Discovery of Quinine, a cure for Malaria, enabled them to work among African communities.
  • The building of the Kenya-Uganda railway facilitated their traveling into the interior.
  • The colonial government supported missionary work.




  • Relative peace and stability in the region promoted Missionary work.
  • Emergence of Independent churches, an African initiative, promoted the spread of Christianity.

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