The Topas people in South Sudan
“Pray with me for a miracle! I need the Lord to give me another son in the place of the one that died.”
Luchiya, a third wife out of six, is without status unless she has a baby boy. Thirty percent of the children under age five die in her village. Malaria, typhoid, worms and eye diseases are taking their toll.
Despite these challenges, Luchiya is beaming today! She is learning Bible Stories from an Audio Bible. She’s a quick learner and has an eager audience. There are 66 Chronological Bible Stories on her device. Nearby, Maria has just cut off the totem from her wrist. She hoped it would cure her infertility. Today she has decided to put her trust in God.
Known as fierce warriors and cattle rustlers, the Toposa are a tribe of roughly 750 000 people. They were armed with AK47’s during the civil war by armies from the North and the South. Today these AK47’s are used to steal cattle.
The Toposa are resistant to the gospel, preferring to depend on spirit mediums to cure diseases and infertility. Most Toposa shun schools and train their children to tend to cattle/goats and to work in the gardens. Wives are unable to halt sexual practices of their husbands which lead to rampant AIDS and venereal disease. Alcoholism undermines family prosperity. Men value large herds of cattle and multiple wives.
The Toposa believe in the existence of a supreme being and the spirits of departed ones. They pray and make sacrifices, using a medium. Chiefs, sub-chiefs, medicine men, and witchdoctors all wield administrative and spiritual power. They believe chiefs are nearer to God by virtue of their wisdom.
- The Toposa are often in conflict with other groups as because of the practice of raiding cattle from Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. Pray for softening of hearts of those who have been hurt, that despite the pain they would forgive and show love to the Toposa.
- Pray that the Toposa would see that God is the true supreme being and that they would put their trust in Him.