The Yanesha people live in over 40 communities in the central Amazon Jungle of Peru. Although these tribal peoples were reached with the gospel by Wycliffe in the 60s, the spiritual awakening has since faded, and the churches are small and elderly. The youth are connecting with the outside world, and even though they may not have electricity or good cell phone signal, they all know what Facebook is. The churches have little to offer or attract them. Our prayer is that the church would not die with the its founders.
This small team has begun work in the areas of church training and community development and needs more skilled Goers to join! This is a pivotal time in the lives of the Yanesha. This team is looking to prepare this generation with the truth, and wisdom to be ready for the impending changes that “modern society” will usher in. It's just a matter of time before Peru follows other countries in prohibiting religious education in schools. However, the team has currently been given total freedom to share the gospel in three Yanesha high schools. Current projects teaching English have already made inroads to these youth. However, sports (soccer and volleyball primarily) and music outreach are other strategic methods this team would like to include.
The team lives several hours from “Yanesha land” in a city, and travel there several times a month. Goers would come alongside schools and families as a positive support, demonstrating Christ’s love, the fun that can be had without alcohol and drugs, and that Jesus is the answer, (not just for their grandparents).
When you are not traveling to Yanesha area, goers will have the opportunity to get involved with local youth groups and a Christian school (teaching English, P.E., Music) in the city.
Single Men or Married Couples only
Ministry Experience with youth
Enjoys travel (on dirt roads)
Some Spanish skills (and willingness to further study here if needed)
Willing to work under team leaders and Yanesha leaders
Teaching, Sports, Musical skills would be helpful
Character: Patience, Discernment in ambiguous situations, Flexibility, Works well under authority and on a team, Positive attitude in hot and uncomfortable surroundings