The Samburu of Kenya
Location: Remote North Central Kenya greatly dispersed between Mt Kenya and Lake Turkana.
History: The Samburu are a Nilotic people who originally migrated from Sudan, settling in Northern Kenya centuries ago.
Culture: Their name comes from their traditional leather bag they carry called a ‘samburr’. They are related to the Maasai. They are semi-nomadic pastoralists, keeping cattle, sheep, and goats. They especially love their cattle. Like the Maasai, they believe all cattle belong to them, and cattle raiding is a major preoccupation. Young unmarried men are warriors, charged with protecting the village from lions and hyenas, as well as raiding other tribes’ cattle.
Both men and women adorn themselves with colorful beaded necklaces and the young men braid their long hair and coat it with ochre.
Elders rule the clan and their curse or blessing is taken seriously.
Religion: Animism. The Samburu believe in a creator god ‘Nkai’. They pray and seek his blessing. Their beliefs are expressed in their traditions and rituals, which they are very careful to follow. It is not uncommon for children and young people, especially women, to report visions of Nkai. A few children gain a reputation for prophecy throughout their lives. Samburu also have ritual diviners, called ‘loibonok’, who divine the causes of individual illnesses and misfortune. Sin has a very restricted meaning and therefore, many would say they have no sin.
Latest Prayer Updates:
On Apr 23, 2018 you prayed for this request: “Please pray for a certain Samburu village where many women and children have come to faith in Christ and meet for worship, but no men join them. The missionaries have been praying for over a year that five godly men will become part of the church. Please pray for the Spirit to overcome whatever it is that holds the men back from rising up to join that fellowship of believers.” And God answered: “Praise God for the six Samburu women, two Samburu schoolboys and one Samburu man who followed Jesus in baptism on November 4. Pray with us that they may stand strong in their faith and grow in their love for Jesus. We have been praying for five Samburu men in our area to follow Jesus. Praise God for this first Samburu man. “
Praise God for the six Samburu women, two Samburu schoolboys and one Samburu man who followed Jesus in baptism on November 4. Pray with us that they may stand strong in their faith and grow in their love for Jesus. We have been praying for five Samburu men in our area to follow Jesus. Praise God for this first Samburu man. Pray that his testimony may influence others to consider the claims of Jesus Christ, so that more Samburu men will make a commitment to Jesus.