Why should contexts of urban poverty so often be perceived as alien territory for the people of God, and hard places for the gospel? Through his experience in Kibera, a slum community in Nairobi, and through his reflection on the eschatological vision of Isaiah, the author discerns the Spirit of God at work in the burgeoning urban areas of poverty where many outsiders see little hope, and outlines a theological vision for the church’s missionary agenda there.
Colin Smith is the director of Carlile College Centre for Urban Mission in Nairobi and is also on the staff of a small Anglican parish in Kibera. The Centre began in 2003 as an experiment in contextualizing theological education. It has a training base in the heart of Kibera, Nairobi's largest informal settlement, and runs training programmes in other slums and informal settlements around the city. Along with his wife Anita and their two children he has lived in Kenya since 1999. He previously spent 10 years in ministry in inner London. Colin has a doctorate in missiology from the University of South Africa.