Youths From the Volatile Kerio Valley Ditch Guns For Bible
A section of youths from the volatile Kerio Valley is now ditching the gun for a bible.
Speaking to the press Eldoret-based Harbingers Bible and Missionary Training Institute Bishop Haron Wambia, the director of the Institute say, they are targeting reformed warriors from the four disturbed counties for theological studies and to be ambassadors of peace upon their graduation.
Bishop Wambia says they have enrolled several youths 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 certificate and Diploma 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 Baringo County which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, is one of the youths 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.
“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 which 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 enabling his peers 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“If we embrace Christianity it will be easy to change the outdated cultural practices among our community that have retarded all social and economical development programmes in the vast area for decades,” he said.