Turkana in Ethiopia

Population

38,800

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The Turkana are one of the most courageous and fierce groups of warriors in Africa. They are traditionally nomadic shepherds, and are one of the most mobile populations in the world. They do not have chiefs or elders. Political influence belongs to those who have age, wealth, wisdom, and oratorical skill. Because of the unusually high bride-price, it is almost impossible for a man to marry until his father has died and he has inherited livestock. Though fearless in all respects, they are highly superstitious. They believe in dreams and place great faith in diviners who have the power to heal the sick, make rain, and tell fortunes.


Ministry Obstacles

The Turkana are quite mobile, making them difficult to contact and more difficult to befriend.


Outreach Ideas

A number of resources are available in the Turkana language, including the New Testament. Pray for workers to take these resources to the people.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Jesus among this tribe will live holy lives, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord. Pray the Lord will use them as his instruments.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for these nomadic people to find food for their livestock, and find ways to educate their children in spite of being mobile.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Turkana
People Name in Country Turkana
Population in Ethiopia 38,800
World Population 1,143,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Turkana
Ethnic Code NAB62r
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkana (39,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkana 39,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1972-1994)
New Testament Yes   (1986)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkana
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
97.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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