TURKANA –POKOT PASTORS FELLOWSHIP (TPPF)
TURKANA –POKOT PASTORS FELLOWSHIP (TPPF)
Turkana Pokot Pastors Fellowship (TEPF) is an interdenominational Christian Organization covering Turkana – Pokot East District. It was formed as an umbrella assembly for all churches existing in Turkana and Pokot. TPPF has a vision to PRESENT BEFORE CHRIST – A ONE UNITED AND HEALTHY CHURCH. One united church in the sense that they all identify themselves with Christ the Lord of the Church. A healthy Church also means people of God who are Physically, Spiritually, emotionally, economically and psychologically viable. They seek to forget out doctrinal differences at the expense of the unity for Christ who has taught the Church all through to be united.
1. To take the gospel truth to the unreached within and outside the district
2. To promote and support peace building initiatives
3. To partner with the government and other non-governmental agencies in promoting human rights and good governance.
The forum has drawn a detailed plan on how each objective mentioned above will be met inter and intra district.
The Church strongly believes that God is the source of peace. This peace is provided by God through His word the Bible. Peace is never worked out by men but is worked out by God. They therefore believe that when two are at loggerheads the Lord of peace can bring peace if He is involved. The Church also believes that God has appointed His servants – The pastors to mediate matters of peace. Just as the Bible records that the prophets and priests were consulted in issues that required God’s interventions during those olden times they believe that men of God have a high hand in issues of peace. It is for this reason that Turkana East Pastors fellowship is involved in matters of peace. It is their responsibility to mediate for peace with the congregation.
Turkana Pokot Pastor Forum implemented the following activities in their response to the call of peace building:
Monthly Prayer meeting
Churches all over the District have set aside every Saturday of the end of each month to fellowship in the evening to thank God for His protection and pray for peace throughout the Nation. The Church believes that it takes the hand of the Lord to live peacefully for a whole month.
Preaching during Sunday services
Churches have also been encouraged by the forum to set aside one Sunday every month to preach on peace and pray for peace. Everything that is going to be done on this particular Sunday should all be geared towards peace building. Songs, Dramas, Skits, Prayers, Testimonies should all be related to peace building etc
Crusade for peace within and outside the District
The fellowship plans to run three peace crusades every year in different parts of the District.
Rallies for Women and youth
The forum organized as it deems necessary the rallies for both youth and women.
SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES FOR TURKANA EAST PASTORS FELLOWSHIP
Below activities some have been have been accomplished:
The Church in Turkana East District wants to believe that God enabled people to settle back in the areas that had become desolate because of His strength. Life is Back in Napeitom, Lomelo, Lopii just to mention a few of them. They do not have to take this strength for granted as a Church. They Plan to thank God for this resettlement. Napeitom Prayer meeting therefore seeks to Thank God for the resettlement and God’s continual protection of his people as they continue living in Napeitom. Every member Church was called to make a contribution toward this every important meeting which was successful.
ACTIVITY TWO: LOMELO – KAPEDO PRAYER/ DIALOGUE MEETING
The members of the fellowship have been invited by fellow pastors from Baringo East (Pokot East Pastors Fellowship) for a prayer – Cum Dialogue meeting at Kapedo. As servants of God forging for peace they wish to respect this call and strategize with our fellow servants in the Lord better plans to address peace issues. They planned to combine this by a thanksgiving prayer for Lomelo as well as committing it to the Lord. While in Lomelo we will also wish to commit other areas not opened in the hands of the Lord. The Participants of the meeting shall constitute 20 pastors and 3 women and 2 representatives of youth from. They hope a similar team shall come from Baringo East and purpose to meet at Kapedo. Members shall seek accommodation from local churches members.
ACTIVITY THREE: WOMEN PEACE CONVENTION
TPPF mobilized interdenominational Women Convention drawing participants from Turkana East District and Baringo East. TPPF acknowledges women role as peace makers. 50 women attended the conference from Turkana and Pokot Community. The Women in this forum are expected to forge forward for peace in the ways of the Bible.
Turkana / Pokot women conference in Kapedo- Turkana East District
ACTIVITY FOUR: Sport / cultural peace activity for youth in [Turkana, Pokot and Samburu]
Turkana / Pastors Fellowship in collaboration with world Vision peace project mobilized youth sport in Laikipia- Samburu and Chomolingot in East Pokot.
The theme of youth sport and cultural was to promote youth talents through sports for peace in North Rift. This is a one day Rally aiming at informing the youth the importance of clinging to God for blessings from above. The importance of peace shall be exploited and its absence will also be discussed. It’s hoped that the youth shall accept to walk with the Lord and reduce activities that are encouraging conflicts between the two communities.
ACTIVITY FIVE: inter religious youth workshop for peace and development organized by Pokot- Turkana pastors in the month of April 2011 in Lokori Turkana East District in partnership with World vision North Rift Peace project..
Youth training on conflict management was held in Lokori as from 16th – 18th April 2011. Pokot- Turkana Pastors mobilized 100 youth which were drawn form the Larger Turkana South constituency [Turkana East/ South] and Pokot East. The workshop theme was to promote the culture of peace building and active no violence in youth with the following outcomes and outputs;
- Enhanced capacity of targeted youth religious groups to actively engage themselves in promoting inter religious dialogueand tolerance
- Empowered young religious in promoting sustainable peace and reconciliation of memories of warring communities
- Enhanced abilities of the young in inculcating the universally upheld values of life upon fellow young members of their warring communities
- Empowered youth in inculcating a new culture of cultural and religious tolerance among their pupils and students
- Empowered school youth in leading the pupils and students in peace and reconciliation of memories of pupils and students from the cattle rustling effects and embracing one another based on the universally upheld values on life
- 100 young acquired skills on how to pursue peace and reconciliation dialogue, tolerance, sustainable peace and development. The youth were capacity build to promote inter religious and intercultural peace and reconciliation in the warring communities and to promote peace and reconciliation among pupils and students
By: Jackson Ewat Ekadeli
Peace Facilitator- World Vision Lokori Turkana East District