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.
Pastor Dunyi reports that there is trouble with a neighboring people group, and prayers for reconciliation are needed. His home and compound were completely destroyed recently. Pray that the Lord will be the strength of the believers in the community, and that their testimony will be strong and courageous in these times of trouble.
Pray for this reality for the Kacipo: “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
In March a group consisting of AIC and AIM leadership traveled around the area of the Kachipo investigating possible ministry areas. Please pray for openness in the region to be able to reach this isolated people group for Christ.
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 quantity 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 (one pictured below), 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.
Latest Prayer Updates:
Pray that Christians will go to the Kachipo and share the Gospel with them so they have the opportunity to hear of and call upon Jesus to be their Saviour (Romans 10)
Praise God for answered prayers! Upon his request, John has been released from his role in the S. Sudan government. This frees him up to follow what he believes is God’s call on his life: to translate the Bible into his people’s heart language: Suri (also known as Kachipo).
Pray for him and the team as they plan and start translating the Bible. Pray for unity, grace to learn together, and the necessary preparations needed.