Africa
Inland Mission

Pray for the
unreached
Rendille

The Rendille live in Northern Kenya as semi-nomadic pastoralists. There are two distinct groups: the northern Rendille, who herd camels, and the southern Rendille who herd cattle.

Who are the Rendille?

The Rendille live in the Kaisut Desert east of Lake Turkana, Northern Kenya as semi-nomadic pastoralists. There are two distinctive groups: the northern Rendille, who herd camels, and the southern Rendille who herd cattle, and are related to the Samburu with whom they intermarry. They live in ‘manyattas’ or homesteads of 70-100 houses, dress in bright colors and wear beads. The men undergo various rites of passage to bring them into adulthood; young girls are often spoken for at an early age and marry very young.

What do they believe?

They practice a traditional, animistic religion. There is a place in every village called ‘nahapo’ where men gathering every night to pray around a fire, which is never to be allowed to go out. They pray to the moon, which plays an important part in their religion as well as animal sacrifices and worshiping ancestral spirits. They consider themselves descendants of Jews, and practice a traditional Passover-type ceremony.

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What is being done to reach them?

In 1982 the Swanepoel’s began living in Korr amongst the Rendille. During their time there they created an alphabet for the unwritten Rendille language, which led to a translation of the New Testament. They were also involved in developing water resources, two primary schools, and one secondary school. Since then, short termers have gone out to support their work and a fledgling church has been established by Rendille Christians.

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 Prayer sheet on the Rendille of Kenya

 

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