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The Lopit of South Sudan

Pray for the Lopit of South Sudan. They are traditionally farmers and pastoralists, and are marginalised by the dominate Lotuka elite.They believe in a supreme god, spirits and the spiritual sphere. The rain-maker and other mediums hold great power, and gifts are given to seek their favor for rain and other blessings. Worship celebrations are accompanied by dancing and drinking, and alcoholism is an issue amongst the Lopit. The wide-spread drinking of home-made beer causes a lot of problems in families.

Pray the Lopit “may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might…” Col. 1:10

Pray that the believers will fix their eyes on JESUS as they endure opposition…so that they will not grow weary and lose heart! Pray also that those around them will see their lives, hear their testimonies, and be drawn also into an intimate relationship with their Heavenly Father!

Population: 70-80,000

Location and Background: The Lopit inhabit the Lopit hills in Torit district in S. Sudan. They are  eastern Nilotic who practice traditional agriculture as well as rearing livestock on the mountain slopes and in the plains. They also harvest forest products such as honey and shea nuts.

History: Very little is known about the origin of the Lopit apart from the widely held view that they came along with the waves of groups migrating from Lake Turkana. The Lopit are said to have broken away from the Dongotono after a quarrel over gazelle soup. They have been marginalized and politically excluded by the Lotuka elite. There is a small community of Lopit in Kakuma refuges camp in Northern Kenya

Culture: The Lopit are proud of their culture and this affects their attitudes and social life. They practice initiation ceremonies: a naming ceremony for a baby, and a second one as a young adult. Marriage begins with courtship and then the girl elopes with her boyfriend; when they return home the dowry is settled and she goes to her new home. The transfer of power to the younger age-set happens every 25 years in a ceremony called hifira. The village administration and authority over community affairs is handed to the next generation. Their culture is transmitted through songs, poems, dramas and music that express feelings and emotions as well. The grand-mother imparts cultural knowledge through folktales and games, although even the stories, proverbs, myths and words of wisdom which the adults give the children is dying out, especially in urban areas and due to the increase in formal education.

Religion: They believe in a supreme god, spirits and the spiritual sphere. Worship celebrations are   accompanied by dancing and drinking, and alcoholism is a problem amongst the Lopit. The rain-maker and other mediums hold great power, and gifts are given to seek their favor for rain and other good things to happen to the Lopit.

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

Latest Prayer Updates:

Pray for Aaron

Praise the Lord for His provision of food through the UN last month as well as abundant rain and crops nearing harvest. For now food continues to be tight for many families, but there is hope.
Please pray for Aaron, a church leader at the Ohilang church. Give thanks for his growth in the Lord over the past year and pray that the Lord may continue to grow and strengthen him. Pray for perseverence, boldness and trust in the Lord as he often needs to stand up under cultural pressure.

Desparate for rain

Ask God to provide a good rainy season and plentiful harvest. People are hungry and struggling after several poor rainy seasons. And pray God will open the hearts of the Lopit to see Him as their provider in this life and the life to come. Pray they will turn away from rainmaker worship, and worship the one true God.

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