Daily Topic for January 22, 2016

Psalm 57:7-11, The Message
I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe, ready to sing, ready to raise a tune: “Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! Wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!” I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets, singing your praises in town and country. The deeper your love, the higher it goes; every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness. Soar high in the skies, O God! Cover the whole earth with your glory!

Ilchamus People of Kenya

by KH

The Ilchamus people make rainbows of colors in their beaded headpieces, jewelry, costumes, and intricately braided hair. Ilchamus is a Maasai name meaning “people who see into the future.” They are more commonly known as “Njimpo.” The Ilchamus people are a male dominated, hierarchical society, bound by their traditions.
According to the Joshua Project they number 37,000, and they are the second smallest indigenous people group in Kenya. Their economy is pastoral; they work by small-scale farming, fishing, and foraging. They are a poor, uneducated and pre-literate people. But they are intelligent and eager to learn, especially new ways to improve their living conditions. Some speak only their ethnic language, which can hold them back in a country where Swahili and English are the common trade languages.
They have a medical clinic of sorts that opens one day each month. Long lines of mostly women and children form quickly, and many are turned away at the end of the day.
They are considered an “endangered” people, meaning they may not be a distinct ethnic group in the generations to come. One and one half percent of them are considered believers.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will lead other Kenyan believers skilled in oral presentation to communicate with the Ilchamus people and help them to learn of God’s love and provision for them regarding their eternal future. Pray that the few believers among these people will be strengthened, encouraged, and equipped to reach their own.

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