A section of youth in Kerio valley ditch the gun for the Bible


A section of youth at the Harbingers Bible and Missionary Training Institute in Eldoret that targets reformed warriors for theological studies and to be ambassadors of peace/Photo James Gitaka

By Lloyd Ayego and Winner Nang’ida

A section of youth from the volatile North Rift region are ditching the gun for a bible.

According to an Eldoret based Harbingers Bible and Missionary Training Institute, they are targeting reformed warriors from the four disturbed counties for theological studies and to be ambassadors of
peace upon their graduation.

Bishop Haron Wambia, the director of the Institute says they have enrolled several youth from the warring communities for theological studies to help spread the gospel of God through the churches they have constructed in far flung areas in the region.

“We have those students who are undertaking a certificate and diploma in theological courses at our institute. Once they complete their studies, we then post them to various churches that we have
constructed in areas that are home to warring communities,” said Wambia.

Amos Loroch 24, a resident of Tiaty constituency in Baring County which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, is one of the youth enrolled at the Harbinger bible and missionary training
institute says that he will use the knowledge acquired at the institute to reach out to his peers still engaged in vicious cattle rustling and banditry activities to abandon the vice and embrace peace through the church.

Amos Loroch 24, a resident of Tiaty constituency in Baring County/Photo James Gitaka

“Since I enrolled in this bible institute, I have learned so many things including how to repent my sins and also forgive those I have offended and those who have also offended me,’ said a jovial Loroch,

He said that his area has never known peace since he was born, noting that running battles between the security personnel and heavily armed bandits have been their way of life that has led to his dropping out of secondary school.

Isaac Chekopen, 28, has vowed to spread the gospel in areas where the word of God has never reached in community with a view to enable hispeers to abandon the gun and embrace peace and development.

“It is unfortunate to note that the majority of members of my Pokot community in far flung interior parts of West Pokot and Tiaty do not know that there exists God. My people are still in darkness because there are no churches or government in the area,” he said.

“If we embrace Christianity it will be easy to change the outdated cultural practices among our community that has retarded all social and economical development programmes in the vast area for decade

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