Samburu love celebrations! They enjoy the good food, especially if there is meat, and they like the time of fellowship with friends. Recently, we have been going to a number of celebrations. Pray for those who came to the Christmas celebration. The church women did the cooking. We had a bit of program as well, explaining why we were celebrating, the importance of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the reason this is very good news! Pray that God will work in hearts and enable them to understand and respond.
God has heard and answered our prayers on behalf of the pregnant Samburu girl. The woman who had planned to organize the abortion has given up on that plan. After listening to my words, that it is very bad before God to kill the baby, she has decided not press for an abortion. That is a small miracle in itself! God convicted her heart and changed her mind! However, prayer is still needed. The girl will return to her parents’ home. It is quite likely that her parents may insist on an abortion. I told the woman to tell her parents that it is very bad to kill the child inside their daughter. She said she would. Pray with us that the girl’s parents will be convicted by God and that their minds will also be changed. Pray that they will allow the child to be born.
It is happening again! A Samburu girl is pregnant, and an abortion is planned! The Samburu believe that it is a very bad thing for an uncircumcised Samburu girl to give birth to a child. They say the child would be unwanted. They fear that because of its birth other children in the home may die. They believe the best solution is abortion. The way they practice abortion can be quite dangerous for the pregnant girl, even life threatening due to infection.
We have been aware of this happening several times in the six years we have lived among the Samburu. We have tried to reason with the people involved. We have tried to convince them that this practice is not pleasing to God. In fact, it is the greatest sin that Samburu recognize, a Samburu killing another Samburu. Yet the abortions have taken place and if nothing changes, they will continue to take place.
Please pray with us, that this one girl may be allowed to give birth to her baby. Pray that the baby will grow up loved and wanted. Pray that Christians and non-Christians will recognize that this practice is not good, indeed it is sin. Pray for a miracle. Pray for a change in this one aspect of Samburu culture.
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.