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Pray for the Dorobo people

Who are the Dorobo people?

The Dorobo are not actually a single people group, but a diverse group of peoples descended from the ancient San people who originally settled in the Rift Valley around 1000 AD and lived as hunter-gatherers. The name ‘Dorobo’ comes from the Maasai word ‘Il-torrobo’ for ‘the ones without cattle.’ They live in Kenya’s highland forests collecting honey and hunting wild animals with poison arrows and spears. They are also known as the Okiek.

What do they believe?

The Dorobo maintain various forms of traditional animistic religion. Some groups refer to God as ‘Tororr’ meaning ‘very high’, whilst others have a range of different names for God. Until 1991 the Dorobo were unreached by Christianity and were barely touched by the outside world. Now, the gospel has been presented in various ways including through radio broadcasts. However, the lack of Christian literature and resources in their heart language, poses a major challenge. 

What is being done to reach them?

The pastoral nature of the Dorobo, combined with the fact that they exist in so many diverse groups, makes reaching them extremely difficult. Assessment is now ongoing to evaluate how many Dorobo groups require literature of their own. AIM missionaries are working with local Dorobo people   and churches with the vision of seeing Dorobo evangelising other Dorobo peoples. There are now over 25 trained Dorobo pastors, with six more in Bible college. Over thirty churches have been planted.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

The Dorobo are a diverse group of peoples who live in Kenya’s highland forests. writes: “Pray as our AIC [Africa Inland Church] Dorobo churches plan for re-opening. All our small churches have been asked by the area bishop to raise 5,000 shillings ($46) to buy a digital thermometer as part of Covid-19 protocol, so that when churches are allowed to open, they will take temperatures before allowing people into church. It’s a good practical step, but hard on churches with little cash economy. So pray that our Dorobo churches can leap this hurdle on the way to re-opening. In the meantime, our pastors have been visiting members and encouraging family prayer and Bible study. Praise the Lord!”

The Dorobo are a diverse group of peoples who live in Kenya’s highland forests. Recently, shared this prayer request: “Praise God for a good visit with three Dorobo pastors to two Watta villages near Malindi. The pastors went around to the homes, shared their testimonies, compared their lives as hunter-gatherers and went home enthused about the need to reach out, even across cultures in Kenya. Pray that they can spread this vision in their churches.”

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