Pray for the unreached Lopit people

Who are the Lopit?

They inhabit the Lopit hills in Torit district, South Sudan, and practise traditional agriculture, as well as rearing livestock. They also harvest forest products, such as honey and shea nuts. The Lopit are proud of their culture, which affects their attitudes and social life. They practice initiation ceremonies: a naming ceremony for a baby, and a second one as a young adult. Every 25 years, in a ceremony called hifira, village administration and authority over community affairs is handed to the next generation. 

What do they believe?

They believe in a supreme god, spirits and the spiritual sphere. Worship celebrations are accompanied by dancing and drinking, and alcoholism is a problem amongst the Lopit. The rain-maker and other mediums hold great power, and gifts are given to seek their favour for rain and for other good things to happen to the Lopit. Their culture is transmitted through songs, poems, dramas and music that express feelings and emotions. 

What is being done to reach them?

The first Lopit TIMO (Training In Ministry Outreach) team saw a fledgling Africa Inland Church congregation started in  Lohutok village. Praise God that this church has experienced spiritual and numerical growth and outreach work has seen local congregations emerging in several other villages, including Ohilang. The Lopit 2 team lived and worked in Ohilang and Iboni villages from December 2013 – November 2015 and had the joy of seeing more Lopit turning to Christ. A small team of missionaries is continuing in ministry.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

In Luke 10:2 Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Over the Christmas period, please pray that God would send more workers to go to South Sudan. There are currently seven people groups waiting for missionaries to tell them about Jesus, including the Laarim, the Didinga, and the Lopit. Pray that AIM would have the privilege of working with UK and African churches to send missionaries to them.

The Lopit are an unreached people group who live in the Lopit hills in Torit district, South Sudan. PrayAfrica.org writes: “Recently the church leaders told a story of the village elders visiting and threatening to close the church because the church leaders refuse to take part in cultural ceremonies which contradict their faith. We are thankful that the issue seems to have died down for now, but please pray for the church and the leaders. Pray for discernment and strength to say no and how to do this in a way which points people to Christ. Give thanks for their boldness and courage as they face these pressures on a daily basis.”

Please pray for Lyn as she continues to help individual ladies in the church to read South Sudanese Arabic using the special learning-to-read book. Please also pray for Russ as he compiles the Lopit alphabet books and then helps get them distributed to the primary schools in Lopitland together with our church counterparts. Training for Lopit literacy teachers will need to be done in due course. Pray that we can push on to develop the next books for reading following this alphabet-storybook. We are really excited to see how this project develops and how effective the books are with the teachers and children.”

Prayer from prayafrica.org

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