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In Kenya’s Wild West, cattle rustling is a way of life. There are probably many reasons for this: cultural belief, the availability of guns, commercialisation of cattle raiding, politics, poverty, illiteracy and exorbitant bride prices.

Like several other indigenous people groups in western Kenya, north-east Uganda and South Sudan, the Pokot believe that all the cattle on Earth belong to them.

If a Pokot man came to a dairy farm in the UK, he would seek to reclaim what was rightly his. If he wanted to impress his girlfriend, he’d bring her a rustled heifer. Taking cattle from others is not considered theft but returning a chattel from a custodian. When Pokot people visit Eldoret, the nearest city, this is ‘going to Kenya’. The Pokot people live on the margins and are considered an unreached people group.

Revd Ezekiel Kamar is a Church of Uganda priest with a passion for church planting and evangelism to unreached people groups. He is also one of APF’s eVitabu pilot users.

Back last April, Ezekiel was speaking to a gathering of around 300 local men at the village of Alale, deep in remote West Pokot County. As part of his preparation, he told us that he’d downloaded some resources from APF’s eVitabu app, including a sermon outline from Acts 4 on the important role Barnabas played as an encourager, that was written by APF CEO, Dave Stedman. Ezekiel explained that he used Dave’s sermon outline to help him structure his teaching and had adapted it using illustrations and examples meaningful in the Pokot context.

Ezekiel told us that toward the end of the address he’d noticed a large, venomous snake close to where he was preaching but moving towards the congregation. Instead of allowing the snake to cause alarm, however, he moved towards it, stood on its head and continued to preach.

Amazed by what they had heard and seen, Ezekiel said there had been an incredible response. Every single person accepted the invitation to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. People brought charms and other magical items to be burnt. The next Sunday more than 400 new people attended services at the local church.

Using a holistic curriculum that combines African Christian teaching with personal and employment skills, Ezekiel and his team are discipling Pokot families in ways that complement their rich Pokot cultural heritage.

The church even gives seed and agriculture training so new Pokot believers have an alternative to cattle rustling for livelihoods. At APF, we’re always excited to hear stories of how eVitabu is being used by church leaders to see God’s kingdom come in Africa. Although we’re hesitant about repeating claims we cannot easily verify, especially those involving remarkable consequences, Dave is confident that Ezekiel’s account is accurate. ‘Recently, I’ve heard of several similar accounts of extraordinary mass conversions among the Pokot,’ he explained. ‘It is great to hear how eVitabu is contributing to a wider move of God’s Spirit in Kenya.’

This is an article from our quarterly newsletter. Click here to download the whole document as a pdf.