KENYA MISSION TRIP - STORM 2022
What God has done in the desolate desert of Turkana, Kenya, over the past 25 years, is nothing short of a miracle. Barely a soul in this tribe of about 1.2 million had ever heard the gospel. But today, over 500 churches have been planted by God’s grace through the ministry of Share International. Share has identified 201 villages, yet without any gospel witness.This summer we will be leading a team from our church to go and serve alongside our Turkana brothers and sisters in proclaiming the gospel.
Check out this short 6 minute video to learn more about STORM 2022:
STORM MISSION TRIP INFORMATION
STORM is Share International’s annual Short Term Outreach and Relief Mission trip
July 16th - 29th
THE TURKANA PEOPLE & LOCATION
The Turkana people live in the northwestern region of Kenya. They are the second largest pastoralist tribe in Kenya after the Maasai. They speak the Turkana language, which is Nilotic and similar to the Maasai language. The Turkana have maintained their undiluted traditional way of life. They are distinguished as being great survivors, living in harsh and inhospitable terrain. (http://www.kenya-information-guide.com/turkana-tribe.html)
The Turkana tribe originally came from the Karamojong region of northeastern Uganda. Turkana oral traditions purport that they arrived in Kenya while pursuing an unruly bull. The land they occupy is harsh and very dry. The Turkanas were, therefore, less affected by colonialism than other tribes because the British saw little value in their land.
The Turkana believe in a single God, Akuj, who is thought to be omnipotent but who rarely intervenes in the lives of people. Contact between Akuj and the people is channeled though a diviner, or emeron (a.k.a.witch doctor). All diviners come from a particular clan and are thought to have the power to interpret dreams, predict the future, heal the sick, and make rain. There are a number of gradations in the power of diviners - from those who predict the future by throwing sandals or reading intestines, to those who can make rain. Although the Turkana believe in the power of the emeron, they are also skeptical of those from the Emeron clan who say they have mystical powers, but fail to demonstrate that power in everyday life.
The ceremonial life of the Turkana is less important than that of many neighboring tribes. There are no large corporate and no physical initiations. The asapan ceremony signifies the transition from youth to adulthood, and every man is supposed to perform this ceremony before marriage.
The Turkana produce finely crafted carved wooden implements used in daily life. Another striking aspect of Turkana culture is the beautiful and intricate singing that is heard on moonlit nights during the rainy season. Men and women sing in groups; those with particularly good voices take the lead. Songs are often about cattle or the land, but the subject can also be impoverished and pertain to immediate events. Turkana now weave baskets that are sold in all the tourist shops in Nairobi.
The Turkana have an intimate knowledge of plants and their medicinal properties, both for humans and for livestock. Animal fat is considered to have medicinal qualities, and the fat-tailed sheep is often referred to as "the hospital for the Turkana."
Although witchcraft and sorcery are found among the Turkana, it is important to note that the Turkana do not dwell on the magical or religious aspects of life. The corpse of a woman who has raised many children and that of a man who has been successful will be buried; others are left in the bush. Some people feel that after death a person will join Akuj, and others say that they do not know what happens after death.
For additional information about the Turkana people and their culture, please visit http://www.bluegecko.org/kenya/tribes/turkana/beliefs.htm.
DISCERNMENT ABOUT THE TRIP
How do you know if you should participate in STORM Mission Trip?
- Listen to God through Prayer & His Word: Prayer is foundational in discerning participation in STORM. “If we ask anything according to God’s will He hears us, and answers us” (1 John 5:14-15). We pray because we acknowledge that, “…apart from (Christ) (we) can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5). We discern God’s will through His inspired Word. King David prayed…“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Ps. 25:4-5). Spend time in prayer as early as now to seek God’s will for you regarding your participation in missions. Allow Him to place within you a desire for missions if it’s lacking.
- Listen to the Prompting in your Heart: The Holy Spirit will prompt you (sometimes through God’s people) to consider how God could use your gifts and skills to make a lasting impact through service among a disadvantaged people-group of another culture. Read Eph. 5:15-17. Ask God to give you His heart for those who have never heard the Good News. Allow Him room to speak to your heart so can see (feel) the need to stir and use the spiritual fervor and zeal within you to serve Him. Place Gospel priority above all else.
- Be Willing to Look for Opportunity: Even though there might be evidence of doors that are “closed”, open doors for Missions elsewhere around the globe are plentiful (Acts 16:6-10; 20:22, 24). Look for open doors and be willing to go. STORM presents an opportunity for an open door now. Be careful not to turn your back too quickly on what seems to be an open door because it doesn’t fit exactly what you have in mind. The Lord still calls His people to go and make disciples of all nations. Be willing to answer the call.
- Listen to the Counsel of Godly People: Share with, and listen to the counsel and wisdom (Prov. 15:22) of godly Christian leaders and your godly significant-others that God may give insight about your desire to be involved in STORM.
- Attend Scheduled Informational Meetings: Initial and subsequent meetings leading up to the trip are critical for all individuals who might have the slightest interest in going on the STORM trip. Attendance is a MUST. The meetings provide the opportunity for participants to discuss important trip details, training, and for planning together for what the team hopes to accomplish on the trip. The meetings also facilitate the decision-making process, whether to make or break the trip.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF STORM PARTICIPANT