Sura Adoru is a small community in Samburu where I am working with two highly respected Samburu elders, John Jama Letipo and Isaiah Lemiruni and serves as the location for the Discipleship Training Center (DTC). The chief and elders of Sura Adoru generously donated five acres from their nature conservancy for the purpose of building the DTC facility, including a kitchen and latrines. This same acreage and facility will also serve for the site of a much needed school to be staffed by two Samburu women who have already been selected for training. This Samburu conservancy is a place of natural migration for many of the great animals of Kenya where for example, hundreds of elephants can be seen at one time!
I, John, will make Sura Adoru my base area of operation with the goal of developing training materials for the young men who will be involved in outreach to Samburu tribesmen scattered throughout the desert region. Part of the challenge for these young men is the fact that they are reaching individuals who communicate strictly by oral tradition. The Lord has given me a special love for the Samburu people, a marginalized group of pastoralist (shepherds) who need to know their Heavenly Father, the Great Shepherd! We have been given much favor and believe that the Lord has called us to be His expression of love in this place.
Current needs include:
- Construction of a bunkhouse
- Construction of staff house
- Construction of community well and small kiosk
- Teaching materials for the primary school
- Vegetable garden on the 5-acre compound
- Land Rover for transportation and delivery of food and medical supplies to remote areas