This is a very significant time for the Samburu. In August a new ‘Age Set’ will be initiated. Boys from all over Samburu will be circumcised and form the basis of the Age Set. They will begin their 14 years of being moran, the warriors and defenders of the tribe. Some of these boys are only 12 years old, the oldest ones may be 25 years old. Some boys from this area have seen the Jesus Film repeatedly. Some have believed in Jesus and two have been baptized. Pray especially for those boys, that they will continue to follow Jesus first throughout this time. Pray that this entire Age Set will seek to know God and that many will follow Jesus.
A very encouraging thing has been happening in Samburu land. Samburu pastors have been joining together to reach out to the Samburu people in a certain area where a small church already exists. Most of these little churches have only one or two men who regularly participate. What an encouragement for the Samburu men to see seven to ten pastors visiting their homes. Pray with us that these weekend outreaches will bear much fruit. Pray especially that Samburu men will join the Samburu women in praising God.
Please pray, we are in the process of doing some church plants in and near Baragoi.
Ask God for provision and also for Him to sent laborers to this ripe field.
We are having a third trip in July, Lord willing. Pray for the Samburu churches to continue to multiply and stay vibrant and strong in Christ.
Please continue to pray for the Lord to raise up 5 strong Christian Samburu men in one village who can lead the church and spread the gospel to other villages. Pray for the Samburu church to be established in all parts of the tribe, which is spread over a vast area of north Kenya.
“Lord, please give five strong men to the Samburu church at Lchakwai.”
We are very thankful for the visit of seven Samburu Pastors to our location. They visited in homes in the village. They engaged with the people and shared the gospel boldly. Some men and women followed them in a prayer of commitment to Jesus. At our Sunday service under a tree, 26 women and 11 men participated.
We praise the Lord for what He did that weekend. Still, this past Sunday, there were no Samburu men at our service. One man that we have been praying for (two of his wives are baptized and very faithful) walked by the place where we were meeting, looked towards us, and then kept walking. Please pray with us for a breakthrough, that Samburu men will come to church. That they will not fear losing respect in the eyes of other Samburu men, but will join the women in praising God and listening to His Word.
Praise the Lord for a reproducing church among the Samburu! But there are still areas of Samburu villages where there are almost no believers in Christ. In one of them the missionaries are asking that the Lord will turn the hearts of the men to follow Jesus. Please pray that as the disciples of old were willing to leave all and follow Jesus when He said, “Come, follow Me,” in the same way the Samburu men will hear his call and obey.
Last Saturday morning ten Samburu men participated in a meeting under a tree in Ltepes. They agreed that they want to meet regularly on Saturday mornings to learn more about God from the Bible. It was a good beginning. Praise the Lord! Continue to pray that these Samburu men, and others, will come regularly to hear the words of God. Pray that God will open their hearts and give them a hunger to know Jesus.
We have been praying for two years, that five Samburu men would follow Jesus. We are excited that these Samburu men want to know more about God! Thanks for your prayers. He hears and answers in His time.
This weekend seven Samburu pastors and elders, from our churches near Maralal, will be visiting Lchakwai and a neighboring community. They will visit in homes and participate in our Sunday service. It has been difficult to reach out to the men in this area. Samburu men do not attend church in Lchakwai. Pray that this weekend may bring a breakthrough as men here see and talk with Samburu Christian men who love Jesus. May they see that church and listening to God’s Word, is something Samburu men can do. May they desire to know more about Jesus.
We rejoice that nine women, two youth, and one Samburu man followed Jesus in baptism in November/December 2018. But we are saddened that four Samburu women who would like to be baptized, could not because their husbands, or other influential men, did not approve. Why? Some people have said, that if you are baptized you can no longer participate in some of the traditions and celebrations of the Samburu. In this area, the people observe many traditions of the Samburu people. To be a good Samburu you are to keep all of the traditions. Their identity is wrapped up in being Samburu. But, what if a Jesus follower feels that some parts of the traditions are not good?
We have never given a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ to follow if you are baptized. Rather, we have explained baptism as a testimony that one has decided to follow Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. We trust the Holy Spirit will teach the believers what is good and pleasing to God, and what is not. Pray for those who have been baptized, that they will truly follow Jesus as Lord, even if they face opposition because of it. Pray that God would break the chains of tradition that hinder people, particularly men, from acknowledging Jesus as Lord. Pray that these four women believers may soon be baptized.