Kalenjin, Okiek in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Kalenjin, Okiek only in Kenya

Population

83,600

Christian

35%

Evangelical

1.4%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Joshua Project


Okiek artistry produces a rich range of verbal art, oratory, and song as well as diverse material objects. Schools are poorly equipped, but attendance has increased since the late 1980s. A handful of Okiek have now gone to secondary school, a few continuing to trade school or university. Okiek believe in a beneficent god (Torooret or Asiista) and ancestor spirits who can bring misfortune if they are forgotten or if wrongs are committed. Major Okiek ceremonies celebrate stages of social maturation: a headshaving ceremony where a child receives a new name; an ear-piercing ceremony at age twelve to fourteen (now rarely practised); and initiation into adulthood.

Ministry Obstacles

The Okiek people are not highly literate, and many need to hear the Gospel message in oral form.


Outreach Ideas

The full Bible is available in the Maasai language, and other resources such as the Jesus film are available. Workers are needed to take these resources to the people. The Christians among this people need to be discipled and challenged to reach others with the Gospel of Christ.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for unity among the Christian believers among the Okiek people. Pray they will regularly fellowship together, and live holy lives.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for peaceful relations with other tribes in the area of the Okiek, and for improving living conditions.

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Country Kenya
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Rift Valley Province, Kajiado and Narok districts
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People Name General Kalenjin, Okiek
People Name in Country Kalenjin, Okiek
ROP3 Code 107644
Joshua Project People ID 14157
Indigenous Yes
Population in Kenya 83,600
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Akiek, Dorobo, Ndorobo,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gikuyu Okiek
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Kalenjin, Okiek
Ethnic Code NAB62g
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
35%    ( Evangelical  1.4% )
Ethnic Religions
65.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
15.00%
Protestant
70.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
15.00%
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