Dr. Judy Wang’ombe (Kenya)
PhD in Intercultural Studies – Islamics (2019), Africa International University (Kenya)
Judy has dedicated her life to the Borana Muslims, who live in a barren region near the Ethiopian-Kenyan border in northern Kenya. As Islam spreads, the Kenyan Church needs to understand how to minister to these neighbors, whom the Church has often left alone out of a sense of inadequacy. Judy’s research, which focuses on spirit possession cults, calls the Church to see this Muslim group as separate from Islamic ideology and to understand their unique spiritual and psychological needs. Before she started her PhD, Judy served the Borana for twenty years as a missionary. With her PhD, she will continue missions work, and she will also train the next generation of Kenyan missionaries and pastors to approach these Muslims with Christlike care and understanding.