The unreached Ik are a small farming and hunting community in North East Uganda, squeezed between the large, powerful Karamojong and Turkana pastoralist tribes.
The Ik are a small farming and hunting community in North East Uganda, squeezed between the large, powerful Karamojong and Turkana pastoralist tribes. They struggle to survive amidst droughts and floods and have been displaced from their traditional homeland. Consequently they’ve suffered from famine; their small numbers make them very vulnerable. They struggle against isolation, marginalisation, and to enter Ugandan national life with their own culture and voice.
An Ik legend tells how God created herders by letting cattle down to them from heaven by a rope and giving them spears. To the Ik, he gave only the digging stick, with the order never to kill. They are very proud of their peace-loving culture. Only in recent years have they acquired firearms for hunting and protection against raiders.The most important annual event is the ‘blessing of the seed ceremony’, which begins the agricultural year. Another ceremony marks the ‘opening of the harvest’.
A Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) team led by the Rauchs from Germany started in October 2016. Many of the Ik have heard about Jesus, but they don’t understand what Christ has done for them and the implications for their lives. Only Mark, Ruth and parts of Genesis have been drafted in the Ik language (Icetod). The team is now working on crafting Bible stories, translating and sharing them.
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 Ik of Uganda