Toposa in Kenya


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Main Language
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Introduction / History

The Toposa are known by their neighbors as fierce warriors and cattle thieves. Most live in South Sudan, but smaller numbers are in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Toposo were armed with AK47s during the civil war by armies from both Sudan and South Sudan. Today they use these AK47's to steal cattle. Most Toposa shun schools and train their children to tend cattle/goats and to work in the gardens. Wives are unable to halt sexual practices of their husbands which lead to rampant AIDS and venereal disease. Alcoholism undermines family prosperity. Men value large herds of cattle and multiple wives. Each new wife requires the payment of a dowry. The dowry is the primary motivation for the theft of cattle from neighboring tribes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Toposa are resistant to the gospel, preferring to depend on spirit doctors to cure diseases and infertility. They are at the mercy of spirits that come to steal and destroy.


What Are Their Needs?

The Toposa people need the chance to find the only Savior, the one who offers life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that God would send believers from neighboring tribes that speak similar languages to share God's story and disciple new believers. Pray for godly servants who are large animal veterinarians, community health educators, and teachers to help the Toposa in ways that are meaningful to them. Pray the Toposa will stop stealing cattle and choose to be at peace with their neighbors.


Scripture Prayers for the Toposa in Kenya.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Toposa
People Name in Country Toposa
Population this Country 3,100
Population all Countries 349,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Akara; Jiye; Kumi; Ngithoposa
People ID 15563
ROP3 Code 110166
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Kenya
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Toposa (3,100 speakers)
Language Code toq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Toposa (3,100 speakers)
Language Code toq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Toposa

Primary Language:  Toposa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2006)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Toposa Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
40.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source Michael French 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more