The Lopit people: 'A tribe trapped in fear'

The Lopit people: 'A tribe trapped in fear'

Africa Inland Mission (AIM) is one of many Christian organisations we fly seeking to help the people of South Sudan in this, the troubled country’s third year of existence.

Africa Inland Mission (AIM) is one of many Christian organisations we fly seeking to help the people of South Sudan in this, the troubled country’s third year of existence.

We flew European Director of AIM Andrew Chard to Lohutok in the south-east in September 2014 to encourage AIM’s Training In Ministry Outreach (TIMO) team and to gain an understanding of the challenges involved in sharing the Gospel with the Lopit people.

'The ongoing partnership with MAF... enables us to fulfil our vision of seeing Christ-centred churches among all African peoples.’

Andrew Chard, European Director, AIM

AIM has been running its TIMO programme for over 20 years in more than 60 locations on the African continent. Teams live in communities where less than 2% of the population follow Jesus, and spend 2 or 3 years learning the language and studying Christian ministry.

Although Andrew describes the Lopit as ‘a tribe trapped in fear’ and says they are deeply resistant to change, AIM personnel are gradually seeing them open up. He prays that the Gospel will take root in their lives and free them from ancestral worship.

‘AIM,’ concludes Andrew, ‘really enjoys the ongoing partnership with MAF, which enables us to fulfil our vision of seeing Christ-centred churches among all African peoples.’

Pray that the Lopit will be released from bondage and that we will continue to bring hope and healing to this war-torn nation.