Turkana mobilized for neighborly missions

"The Treasure is making a tremendous impact in Kenya. Churches are being strengthened. Unbelievers are hearing the Gospel for the first time. Lives are being changed." (Photo and caption by World Mission via Facebook)

“The Treasure is making a tremendous impact in Kenya. Churches are being strengthened. Unbelievers are hearing the Gospel for the first time. Lives are being changed.” (Photo and caption by World Mission via Facebook)

Kenya (MNN) — Throughout the Bible, we can see how often God has used unexpected people to do His work. Remember David, the youngest son who killed a giant and became king? What about Paul, once a persecutor of the Christian church who became the church’s biggest advocate?

God is still doing this today. Take the Turkana people in northern Kenya. World Mission is witnessing their desire to go out and reach neighboring people groups with the story of Jesus.

Greg Kelley, CEO of World Mission, says, “I’m here in northern Kenya among the Turkana people at a gathering with their 30 Turkana pastors. And this is one of the under-reached people groups in all of Northern Kenya.

“I always thought, as an organization, that we would see the church in Nairobi mobilized to impact the North because there are so many Christians down in southern Kenya. But what I am learning today is that God is raising up among the minority Christians, even in the Turkana, a calling, a missionary call to go and reach their brothers and sisters among the Borana, and among the Pokot, and among the Samburu, and even into the country of Somalia.”

Joshua Project profiles all of these people groups. According to them, the Turkana are 48% Christians. The rest of the people follow ethnic religions. Joshua Project says their devotion to ethnic religions isn’t usually strong, and so there is little hostile resistance to Gospel.

Among the people groups the Turkana wants to reach with the Gospel, the Borana are 80% Muslim, the Pokot follow mainly ethnic religions, and so do the Samburu.

A group in a northern Kenya desert listening to the Treasure (Photo courtesy of World Mission via Facebook)

A group in a northern Kenya desert listening to the ‘Treasure.’ (Photo courtesy of World Mission via Facebook)

“Missionaries are being mobilized from northern Kenya, and it’s so exciting. They’re taking the solar-powered Treasure, our audio Bible in the Turkana language,” says Kelley. “They’re taking it in the Somali language, and God is using the minority groups of Christians in northern Kenya to reach their own. It’s so exciting!”

Pray for God’s Word to continue to be spread and for it to change northern Kenya.