Located in the lush jungle mountains of the central Peruvian Amazon, the Yanesha people were given land by the government in 1988 causing this previously nomadic, hunter-gatherer people group to settle in over 40 rural communities. This settlement meant learning to farm and create sustainable food sources within these lands, something previously unknown to them. Their lands are rich and fertile giving life to a many crops including cocoa, bananas, papaya, corn, and others. Fish farming has also become a sustainable meat source in many communities. But these communities are connected to the rest of Peru only by miles of curvy, often poorly maintained dirt roads leaving them isolated from consumer markets. Many crops are consumed and traded among their communities with little opportunity for income. And they are still learning what it means to live off the land in one area. In addition to agricultural needs, the spiritual needs of this people are great. Reached by Wycliff missionaries in the 60s, the spiritual awakening experienced by that generation has faded and the Yanesha churches are small and elderly. The youth are becoming increasingly connected to the outside world and the church has little to offer or attract them. Our prayer is that the church would not die with its founders. This small team has begun work in the areas of training young church leaders, youth outreach, and community development, but we need more skilled Goers to join! This team lives several hours from “Yanesha land” in a jungle city and travels there a couple times a month. Goers in this position will join our community development efforts using their agricultural skills to come alongside local farmers to better their farming practices, helping get their products to markets, and in micro-enterprise endeavors all while developing relationships and discipling the Yanesha in their walk with Christ. When we are not traveling to the Yanesha area, Goers will have the opportunity to support local farmers, get involved in a local church, and teach at a local Christian school.
Education in an agricultural field and experience desired Desire to come alongside and learn from the Yanesha, adapting best practices to the environment and to their needs. Enjoys travel and adventure - lots of dirt roads. Physical endurance to work in tropical regions and a positive attitude in hot and sometimes uncomfortable surroundings. Some Spanish skills and a willingness to study further if needed Character qualities: Discernment in ambiguous situations, mature, patient, flexible, self-motivator, self-starter, works well on a team and under authority