Aweer of Kenya

The Aweer are a people group in Kenya numbering about 9,000. They are also called the “Boni” and they speak Aweer.The Aweer are hunter-gatherers who group themselves into bands in order to be able to survive. Some of the Aweer men have multiple wives and periodically live with each wife in her home. There aren’t any many clear records which accurately show where the Aweer originated. In past years the Aweer’s homeland was a battlefield between Kenya and Somalia. They primarily practice Islam; however, they are growing more and more interested in Christianity. 

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

In many East African communities, women and girls are impacted by the problem of inaccessible water. The average distance a girl must walk to get water is 3.75 miles. Because of the burden of getting water, many young girls lose time for education. Africa Oasis Project is an initiative to meet the need of inaccessible water by establishing wells and other methods of providing water. Pray that acts of compassion and grace through providing water would bring hope to Aweer peoples and that they may put faith in God.

Visit the Oasis Project to become involved in reaching the Aweer through compassion ministries.  

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

The Kenyan Assemblies of God has partnered with Global University to offer training programs to pastors. Through these training programs, pastors are encouraged to plant churches and reach out to their communities. Pray that these pastors may be burdened to reach the Aweer of Kenya.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Entrepreneurs: The Aweer are struggling to survive. Many live in poverty-stricken areas where war has left significant consequences. Do you have any vocational skills that can add value to the Aweer’s way of life and also draw them to Christ?

Readers, Writers, and Speakers: The Aweer have no Bible or portions of the Bible translated into their language. Pray for translation organization such as Wycliffe, that a Bible will be translated into the Aweer language. Pray also for other language resources, such as audio and visual resources.

Problem Solvers: The quality of healthcare is very poor in many Aweer communities. Compassion ministries that can provide adequate healthcare services are needed.

Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website

Austin JacobsAweer of Kenya