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The Kachipo of South Sudan

The Kacipo live in the Boma plateau region of South Sudan. They farm the rich fertile soil. The women are distinctive because they pierce and stretch their lower lips. They believe in the existence of a supreme being, God, as well as lesser spirits. They offer sacrifices and pray through a medium in times of calamity. Although they are deep into witchcraft, they are very receptive to the gospel, and in the past few years a church with over 150 people has begun. There is a great movement of the Spirit amongst the Kacipo, and though there is no Kacipo Bible, they are hungry to know the Word of God.

Population: 30,000

Location and Background: The Kacipo (Suri) live on the Boma plateau with their tribal headquarters at Koma. They live in two villages, Meyun and Rumiit. They are a predominantly sedentary agrarian community, with rich fertile soil which allows them to grow a number of crops.

History: They believe they originally lived on the banks of the Nile River, migrating eastwards. They were continually harassed by other tribes, forcing them to settle on the Boma plateau in 1925. They continue to have poor relationships with their neighbors, the Murle.

Culture: Besides growing a large variety of crops, they also hunt large game and collect honey. They pan for gold, and they make pots. They trade in tobacco, pots, animal skins, honey, ivory, rifles and ammunition. They engage in traditional stick fighting after harvests. Some Kacipo practice cicatrisation, which is a form of tribal markings. The women pierce and stretch their lower lips as a sign of beauty. The clan chiefs lead their villages in times of war and peace, judge cases, and are recognized as leaders by their symbols such as an ivory horn, drum, and set of fire-sticks.

Religion: They believe in the existence of a supreme being-God-as well as lesser spirits. They sacrifice and pray through a medium in times of calamity. In Meyun there are 22 witchdoctors, 8 rainmakers commanded by the one main rainmaker, and 4 traditional healers. Although they are deep into witchcraft, they are very receptive to the gospel, and in the past few years a church with over 150 people has begun. There is a great movement of the Spirit amongst the Kacipo, and though there is no Kacipo Bible, they are hungry to know the Word of God.

Learn more about the Kacipo at Joshua Project or about South Sudan at their official website.

Latest Prayer Updates:

Translation progress

Pray for Dunyi, a South Sudanese man from the Kacipo tribe. He and his Bible translation team in Ethiopia are hoping to complete the book of Matthew this month. In February the team went for outreach and to test their draft of the book of Mark. Praise God for His Word going forth in every tongue! Pray for this translation to make good progress and to be well received by the Kacipo.

Hunger and openness

The Kachipo live in the Boma plateau region of South Sudan. They believe in the existence of a supreme being- God -as well as lesser spirits. They offer sacrifices and pray through a medium in times of calamity. Although they are deep into witchcraft, they are very receptive to the gospel, and in the past few years a church with over 150 people has begun. There is a great movement of the Spirit amongst the Kachipo, and though there is no Kachipo Bible, (the translation of the gospel of Mark has just begun!) they are hungry to know the Word of God. Pray for this reality for the Kachipo: “At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers…” Isaiah 18:7.

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