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The outbreak of World War I in 1914 in Europe negatively impacted Adventist missionary activities in British East Africa and specifically South Kavirondo, the birthplace of the Adventist Church in Kenya. Almost as soon as hostilities broke out in Europe, they also began in British East Africa. The British were primarily at war with Germany, and it happened that their colonial holdings in British East Africa (Kenya) and German East Africa (Tanganyika) shared a very long and largely porous border.

The Adventist Church in Kenya survived numerous trials during the Mau Mau uprising (1952-1960).

The Adventist Church in Colonial Kenya made its mark in Education, Healthcare, and Publishing, and all of them created jobs for many Africans. The Church was criticized by early nationalists for actively dissuading them from the clamor for independence.

​One of the first ten converts in Gusii land in Kenya, Paul Nyamweya became the first pastor to be ordained to the gospel ministry in Gusii land.