Turkana in Ethiopia

Photo Source:  Kip Lines 
People Name: Turkana
Country: Ethiopia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 60,000
World Population: 1,423,000
Primary Language: Turkana
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.70 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Nilotic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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. The biggest events for life of Turkana are marriage and childbirth. Other cultural rituals such as circumcision are completed with little ceremony. However, weddings involve a process that might last three years. Subsequent to the payment of bride price, the wife to be is brought into the home of her husband. They do not perform the wedding ceremony until after at least one healthy child is weaned.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though fearless in all respects, the Turkana fear the spirit world. They believe in dreams and place great faith in diviners who have the power to heal the sick, make rain, and tell fortunes.

What Are Their Needs?

The Turkana people need to be freed from the fear of the spirit world. They need to put their faith and identity in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to give Turkana people dreams and visions of the risen Christ, drawing them to him. Pray for Turkana elders to surrender their lives to the King of kings. Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Turkana tribe will live holy lives, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord. Pray for disciples who make more disciples who make even more disciples. Pray for the Lord to give the Turkana people abundant rain and healthy livestock so they will experience his power and love.

Text Source:   Joshua Project