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 hold to folk beliefs. They believe in dreams and place great faith in diviners who have the power to heal the sick, make rain, and tell fortunes.
The Turkana are quite mobile, making them difficult to contact and more difficult to befriend.
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 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 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|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|Persecution Rank||22 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Turkana (41,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||tuv Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Turkana|
Primary Language: Turkana
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1972-1994)|
|New Testament||Yes (1986)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Turkana|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.70 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|