Africa
Inland Mission

Pray for the
unreached
Laarim people

Also known as the Boya or Narim, the Laarim are a Nilotic people living in the Boya Hills. It’s a rugged and hilly terrain with rich savannah, high grasslands and scrub bushes.

Who are the Laarim?

The Laarim live in the Boya Hills of South Sudan, a rugged and hilly terrain with rich savannah, high grasslands and scrub bushes. They live in small settlements, with social and cultural life centered around cattle, with livestock being their only known natural resource. They breed them, eat their meat, use them as dowry to get a bride, drink their blood and milk, and sleep on their hides. Raiding and stealing of cattle is a question of honour and valor. Because of this, they are involved in long standing feuds with their neighbours.

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What do they believe?

They practice African Traditional Religion with some Catholic influence. They are highly aware of spiritual forces, and believe in a supreme being who controls all of life, including the health of their cattle. They believe spirits of their departed ones roam the earth and they can communicate with them through prayers and offerings which they perform collectively in designated ritual places. They also believe in a rainmaker and perform rain-making rituals.

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The Laarim live in hilly terrain with rich savannah, high grasslands and scrub bushes. They live in small settlements, with the main town being Kimatong.

What is being done to reach them?

Jacob Borgelt has been living and working among the Laarim since 2013, discipling a small group of believers. Andrew Wallace joined him in 2015, and has been building relationships through a local school. An AIM Focus team, led by Phil and Linda Byler, started in August 2016 to continue the work of making Jesus known among the Laarim.

Prayer Resources

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If you are organising a prayer meeting or just looking for material to help you pray with more insight for some of Africa’s unreached people, why not download a printable Prayersheet on the Laarim of South Sudan.

 

Latest prayer updates…

Below are some of the latest prayer updates on the Laarim of South Sudan.

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Related articles:

  • From Darkness to Light - AIM’s Laarim Focus Team arrived in South Sudan on 31 August 2016, bringing the full team of twelve adults and six children together...
  • Ministry among the Laarim - Andrew and Anna Beckham are part of the Laarim Focus team and have been living in South Sudan since the beginning of September. They update us with some of the various ministries the team have been involved in so far.
  • Bible storytelling among the Laarim - The Laarim Focus team tell us about how they plan to share the gospel through Bible storytelling, and how this has initially been received by the Laarim.
  • A day in the life … in South Sudan - Andrew and Anna Beckham moved to live among the unreached Laarim people at the beginning of September this year. As they continue to settle in and adjust, they tell us what day to day life is like in the Boya Hills, South Sudan.