Visiting Pokot

Since I first moved to Africa, I have heard stories of the Pokot and the Turkana. The two tribes north of where I live that never cease to war over livestock. I have seen many pictures of missionaries with these people all dressed in their native attire, and have heard stories of how these people don’t even know what country they live in and survive off of drinking animal blood.

I guess you could say that I was quite surprised to find myself in Pokot yesterday! I didn’t even know I was there until Ruth (who is standing next to me) told me I was there. So, it turns out that there are cities in Pokot, where there are very nice, hospitable, civilized people that speak perfect English. Ruth has taught me that you can’t generalize a whole nation based off of one tribal part someone you know visited once.

My day in Pokot was spent at Life Changing Discipleship’s school, listening to one of the preachers I will be working with teach on the names and attributes of God. This is where I met Ruth, who happens to know around half of my neighbors in Kitale. What a small world we live in! She is a primary school teacher and lives way up in the hills pictured below. She walks all the way down this mountain on Tuesdays so she can learn more about the bible and how to teach it. She takes what she learns back to her primary school.

Here is another pictures of the beautiful country side. This place almost reminds me of Lord of the Rings!


8 Responses to Visiting Pokot

  1. LM says:

    I loved this story today, I love Ruth and I love you. The countryside is beautiful. When you are teaching about the Bible and our Heavenly Father, where do you start. What do they know, they must know something or they wouldn’t be so hungry for the Word. Somehow I think it might be easier to teach them than trying to bring someone to Christ here at home. You are gong to do great things, you have the Bible! Jesus loves you, this I know. Love, Lilly

  2. Rebecca says:

    I am so happy for you — what a privilege, to teach those who are hungry to learn about Jesus. I agree with Lilly — where do you start? How do you proceed? What materials do you have? — or need?

    • elizabeth says:

      The organization I am working with has a bible college. They train pastors and pastor’s wives (and whoever else is interested). They teach them how to study the bible and go through the whole bible with them (start to finish without skipping anything). The curriculum I will be using is the foundational bible study course. I will be teaching this curriculum to high school girls and also assisting those who are teaching it for the first time. If a new believer, a church, or a school want to know more about Jesus, It is my heart’s desire to take this curriculum and teach it to the young women. I love the course because we do nothing but read the Word of God–no room for false interpretation. 🙂

  3. Kerri says:

    beautiful story.

  4. Cousin Paula Frisbey says:

    It is beautiful, Elizabeth! Will continue to hold you up in prayer and pray for God’s blessings upon His work He has called you to do.

  5. Nora says:

    I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Your medical background will balance with your love of teaching the word of God. Healing the mind, body and soul. Can’t get much better than that for an opportunity. Prayers were answered for you. Let us know if you need anything or any help. I would gladly contribute to your needs as you continue to live there and minister to these young women. God Bless

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