Project Northern Kenya

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East Africa

Kenya

Isiolo, Marsabit​

Turkana, Borana, Samburu, Lendille, Somalis

In the North of Kenya live the Turkana. Comprising 2.14% of Kenya’s population, they are the third-largest Nilotic group. The Turkana identify themselves as ŋiTurkana, speaking an Eastern Nilotic language. Divided into major groups like Ngimonia and Ngichuuro, they are primarily semi-nomadic pastoralists, renowned for camel raising and basket weaving.

The Turkana’s historical narrative involves their entry into the Turkana basin, conquering neighboring groups and establishing dominance. During the colonial period, the British gained control over the Turkana in 1926. Turkana culture is marked by distinctive clothing, including wraps and adornments, and a reliance on livestock for sustenance and social transactions. Livestock plays a crucial role in inter-group interactions and conflicts, often leading to raids for cattle.

The Turkana practice a traditional belief system closely tied to their pastoral lifestyle. They worship a Supreme Being, Akuj, and acknowledge ancestors. Diviners, known as ngimurok, act as intermediaries between the living and spirits. While Islam has been introduced, traditional Turkana religious practices persist.

key leader

Key Leader

Peter Lochi Ekiru

Peter is married to Paulina Ngimat and together they have five children. He is a pastor of the Evangelical Victory Church and is the Disciple Making Movement coordinator for that region in North Kenya. Peter has attended the Pioneer Business Planting in 2021 in Kenya, has a poultry farm and is keeping cows and goats.

Action Steps 2024

  • Prayer for change of hearts and minds of the Turkana, Borana, Samburu, Lendille, Somalis to be open to the gospel, to learn how to handle money in a good way and use business to make disciples.
  • Give existing believers Bible teaching in the house churches including distributing a minimum of 20 Bibles.
  • Facilitate one five-day Pioneer Business Planting consultation.
  • Visit and coach the people that have gone through the Pioneer Business Planting training to grow their businesses.
  • Facilitate one discipleship training and outreaches to plant more churches in the area.
  • Distribute the Multiply Ubuntu app that can work on a feature phone and smartphone, which consists of audio bibles in Swahili and Pioneer Business Planting videos and audios in Swahili.
  • Set up a FaithFund to help people receive loans to start and grow their businesses.
  • Raise up new house church leaders and business leaders.


Outcomes 2024

  • New house churches planted.
  • New businesses started.
  • New leaders of house churches will be established.
  • New local trainers of Pioneer Business Planting raised up.

Investments 2024

  • • Travel costs $2,000
  • • Bibles $600
  • • Training materials $600
  • • Coaching costs $3,000
  • • Honorarium trainers $1,500
  • • FaithFund $5,000
  • • Admin $1,500
  • TOTAL COST $17,200

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