Toposa in Ethiopia

Photo Source:  Michael French 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Toposa
Country: Ethiopia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 21,000
World Population: 357,100
Primary Language: Toposa
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Nilotic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Toposa are known as fierce warriors and cattle thieves.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Toposo were armed with AK47s during the civil war by armies from the North and the South. Today they use these AK47's to steal cattle. Most Toposa shun schools and train their children to tend 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. Each new wife requires a dowry to be paid. The "dowry" is the primary motivation for the theft of cattle from neighboring tribes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Toposa are resistant to the gospel, preferring to depend on spirit doctors to cure diseases and infertility. They are at the mercy of spirits that come to steal and destroy.

What Are Their Needs?

The Toposa people need the chance to find the only Savior, the one who offers life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that God would send believers from neighboring tribes that speak similar languages to share God's story and disciple new believers. Pray for godly servants who are large animal veterinarians, community health educators, and teachers to help the Toposa in ways that are meaningful to them. Pray the Toposa will stop stealing cattle and choose to be at peace with their neighbors.

Text Source:   Joshua Project