The Toposa of South Sudan

Pray for the Toposa of South Sudan. They are one of the largest groups in South Sudan, but are being marginalised by the government. They live in a dry rugged land and raise cattle. They are often in conflict with other groups and raid cattle from across the Kenyan and Ugandan borders. They are traditionally animists, praying and making sacrifices through a medium.

Pray that the Toposa would know the freedom from fear in Jesus Christ, as it is promised: “but whoever listens to me will live in safety, without fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:33
Over the last couple of years, the Jesus Film has been shown and many Toposa have responded to the Gospel. Please pray as new believers gather in groups and meet regularly for church, they would grow strong in their faith. Pray for those still seeking and meeting together to listen to Bible stories. Pray Jesus would build His church among the Toposa.

Population: 700,000-1 million

Location and Background: One of the largest tribal groups in S. Sudan, the Toposa live in organized villages in an arid, rugged, hilly land with vegetation of shrubs and grass, and seasonal streams.

History: The Toposa are part of the Ateker cluster, believing they moved away from the Losolia Mountains in Uganda due to drought. They believe that when the first people (Murle and Didinga) arrived they cheated the Toposa by taking the gazelle meat and leaving only soup for the Toposa. This precipitated the split. Successive governments in Khartoum and Juba have marginalized the Toposa. At some point they were armed by the north to fight the SPLA but later changed sides. They have regular disputes with other groups in their area, and also raid tribes in Kenya and Uganda.

Culture: A patrilineal society, cultural norms and values are passed to children early. Culture is transmitted orally through songs, dance, music, poems and folklore. Much has to do with the accumulation and keeping of large herds of cattle. The boys are put in age-sets and taught to herd. The girls look after the home, and care for the elderly and  smaller siblings. Men wear a draped cloth, and women wear leather skirts embellished with colored beads. Both men and women scar their bodies. The young men are proud of the beauty of their hair. They abhor the practice of circumcision. Interestingly, they do not count people or animals. They share certain totems and body marks, and they come together for social occasions such as dances, marriages, funerals and cattle raids. Decisions are made by the men as a community. Respect for elders is mandatory.

Religion: The Toposa believe in the existence of a supreme being and the spirits of departed ones. They pray and make sacrifices, using  a medium. Chiefs, sub-chiefs, medicine men, and witchdoctors all wield administrative and spiritual power. They believe chiefs are nearer to God by virtue of their wisdom.

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

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Prayer requests

Please pray with us for:
1. The disciples’ training this month and March
2. The disciples’ outreach in the villages
3. The disciples’ spiritual growth
4. The disciples’ families’ needs and God’s provision
5. Peace with neighbors
6. Pray against the spirit of persecution of believers

Attacks

Pray with us. We are attacked from all sides, financial side is what I feel is attacked a lot and also our team’s progress and plans for the year. Today Elia was riding to Narus to do followup and police just accused him and jailed him for hours. The motorbike is still in the hands of police. Interceed with us for breakthroughs and quick open doors for our team to keep on with their plans

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