A meeting was held in Chosica from Sept 28-30 for the Quechua radio broadcast fraternity.
Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing together these gospel communicators. They attended from 5 regions: Ayacucho, Huaraz, Huánuco, Tarapoto and Pichanaki. Three of these brothers have radio broadcasting as one of their responsibilities.
The long standing senior communicators, Prospero Colonia and Gomer Cruz, shared how they continue to preach the gospel of the Lord, and touch the lives of others.
Realizations from this meeting:
We are not alone. This gathering allowed the new communicators to meet other communicators and become friends.
We learned how to work as a team, since alone, we cannot effectively achieve as much.
We need help from new leaders. For example, how to make digitally recorded programs.
Laptops are needed to equip, and to conduct workshops on how the recordings are done digitally.
Brother Prospero has 160 programs recorded and offered that these Christian programs can be played on the radio.
My dear family in Christ Jesus,
I am sending this report of the trip to Andahuaylas, on September 8-9. I don’t have pictures from this workshop since there was no one to take them while we were teaching. But we told them about the great love of God.
When we were walking to the village, I could see from the mountain peak down to the village of Huanpica. As we entered the village, the women were already there waiting for us and ran to us, telling us to come eat lunch. As I looked, I saw many happy children but I immediately regretted that I didn’t have anyone with me who was gifted in working with children. My heart broke because we were there several days and the whole time we were teaching the adults, the children just played. Surely if there had been someone to teach them, they would have had a very precious time learning the word of God and they would never have forgotten.
There were also several young couples waiting to be taught about marriage. There were also many youth (who have been taught in the past by Miguel) who were hoping for more workshops for them. They asked that we don’t forget them as they want to learn more of God’s teachings.
Well, so we started with the teachings for women and they were so attentive and eager to learn despite looking after their babies. They did not leave the classroom for even a moment, Hallelujah!!! Both men and women thanked us for coming to their village to teach them. They are so thankful to Runa Simi. They testified that with all of these workshops that we have given through the years, they have learned a lot and that’s why they keep progressing in the faith. There are many new converts now so that 90% of the population of the village of Huanpica are Christian. They desire that the other 10% come to know the Lord, as well, and when that happens, it will be marvelous for me and how much more for the Lord!
Please pray for our travel in 2018 that we can go with several teams with specialized teachings for the youth and children, and that we can begin training the women in the “Women of the Bible” lessons. Huanpica is a quechua village of humble people.
Precious family, we are always thankful for your prayers.
May God bless you,
We greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus. We are so thankful for your prayers and support. We are also praying for all our friends in the US who have gone through the different Hurricanes and storms. We pray that it be a time that many will be drawn to Christ.
Below are pictures from our events during the month of August.
The Runa Simi Team
In the beginning of August we celebrated our annual Raymi Festival where local Quechua churches, along with some from other regions, came to celebrate what the Lord has done for the Quechua church. Many of our Runa Simi members were involved.
In August, the 2017 Youth Conference was held at the Runa Simi center. About 20 youth from different regions of Peru attended. Miguel led them through some studies from Rick Warren’s “Transformed” about why were we created. We also had the privilege of having some brothers and sister from RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministry) where we were able to learn more about Islam and some apologetics.
Nemesio and his family traveled to a jungle village Ramal de Aspuzana to teach a Sunday School teaching workshop. They taught how to teach children using different fun activities They also provided them with resources for teaching children. They had the participation of 8 churches with 35 Sunday School teachers.
Dany, Pablo and Kusi traveled to Chazuta, Tarapoto. Pablo taught a basic guitar class while Dany taught others how to use the folk Quechua instruments. Then in the afternoons Pablo and Kusi taught a marriage worshop to the couples of the village. On the last day Dany was also able to do some maintenance for the Christian radio of Chazuta. It was a blessing to be there with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
During August 24th through 26th, the first Ayacucho Quechua Women’s conference was held in the city of Ayacucho. We thank God for multiple blessings during this conference. The theme was JEHOVÁ RAFA (JEHOVÁ MY HEALER). We had about 60 Quechua women who participated, along with a few men. It was a time of blessing, all the women recognized the emocional pain that they had been holding onto for a long time. God in his mercy has restored many damaged lives. When we finished the conference they left with joy in their hearts. We thank Margaret, Silvia and Elena who came from so far to teach with much love. Also thanks to Pablo and Kusi for teaching on marriage. It was wonderful to see three women who had been estranged, forgiving each other and in tears embracing each other.
At the end of August Neme and his family were also able to go to Cashawacra to do evangelism to the community there with the puppet ministry.
Hilda was also able to travel to the jungle area of Pichanaki to to do literacy follow up, About a year ago, literacy teachers were trained and now any women are learning to read God’s Word. She also taught some basic Bible courses.
Carmen was also able to travel again to Nazca. She taught Bible literacy the first few days and then also the “Heart of Man” Bible study. In the evenings she showed the Ayacucho language “Genesis” and “Jesus Film” to the church and community. Carmen comments that “it is wonderful to see the reaction of those who aren’t familiar with the Bible truths. They are like children wanting more and more”.
We are so thankful for your prayers and support these last couple months.
Below are pictures from most recent to oldest.
The Runa Simi Team
Dr. David Hard came to teach at the Theological Seminary by Extension sessions on “The Roots of our Faith”, (the reformation and how it continues affecting the Evangelical church today). This course was taught in both Ayacucho and Chosica. Pray for the students and Runa Simi workers who are taking these courses and are serving their communities.
For the last three months, Berta has continued working with women in Apurimac training literacy teachers. New literacy groups have started in different church communities.The ladies are learning to read God’s Word.
Hilda is teaching literacy to the local Quechua Churches here in the Chosica area. She also translates and edits Quechua material at Runa Simi and helps with reporting. Here she is seen working on one of the Quechua booklet.
The “Faith Comes by Hearing” audio Scripture ministry partnered with the “Jesus Film” and “Puppet Ministry” to take the Gospel to the Ayacucho Quechua communities in Qoñani, Concepcion, and Pichari (jungles). This successful outreach program was headed up by Alfredo Fajardo, his wife Margarita, and Nemesio Arango….Read More
Miguel taught 18 youth at a workshop in Tarapoto. The teaching was on “Making good decisions”. Miguel says that they were full of energy and had the desire to learn more.
In June… Samuel Saccsara taught an Audio-Visual Bible Promotion workshop in Ayacucho….Read More
Also in June… we had the privilege of having Linda Summers and her team here at Runa Simi for the first AGAPE puppet conference. Puppet teams from different areas of Peru came to share ideas and experiences. The team then traveled to Ayacucho with Nemesio to share the good news with the children of Peru.
Dany Parado made several trips, traveling to where Quechua radios stations are to help with the radio ministry among the Quechua of Peru….Read More
May 18 to 20. Runa Simi had their final Quechua “Women of the Bible” Workshop in Ayacucho along with a graduation. Rosa and Palerma are so thankful to God for making this dream come true and allowing them to train Quechua women so that they can train other Quechua women in their churches and communities…Read More
Samuel Saccsara taught in Ñaupas, Ayacucho at over 10,500 feet above sea level. The leaders looked into God’s Word and studied what the Bible teaches on sex and marriage…Read More
Nemesio traveled to Ayacucho to coordinate and attend a “spiritual festival” in Paccha – Cangallo area where he is originally from. He and Alfredo who ministered with him, were glad to see the churches there reconcile after much division.
During the month of July, the “Faith Comes by Hearing” audio Scripture ministry partnered with the “Jesus Film” and “Puppet Ministry” to take the Gospel to the Ayacucho Quechua communities in Qoñani, Concepcion, and Pichari (jungles). This successful outreach program was headed up by Alfredo Fajardo, his wife Margarita, and Nemesio Arango, along with some of the youth.
Alfredo was able to start 130 Audio listening programs, training the pastors and leaders to effectively lead their groups in listening and applying God’s Word in Quechua. During the day over 200 leaders studied “Faith Comes by Hearing”, “Evangelism” and “The book of Hope”. In the evenings they reached out to the whole community to share the Gospel through the puppet shows and Christian Bible films. Children, young people and adults accepted Jesus into their lives.
The following are a two testimonies from this month of outreach:
In Pichari, the jungles of Ayacucho, the Apanccoray family run a Christian broadcasting station, “Divine blessing” that spreads the Gospel in Quechua to the surrounding towns and villages. Their son Ivan had rejected the Gospel causing the family a lot of grief. Ivan accepted Jesus along with three others on the first night as a result of hearing God[s Word. During the rest of their travel, Ivan had a big smile on his face and served the team in every way he could. (Below with his family).
There are 5 radio stations in this area of Huanta and the jungles of Ayacucho. All are proclaiming God’s Word in Quechua with the audio scriptures (Genesis to Revelations) recorded in Romulo Saune’s voice. Many are coming to know the Lord through the radio broadcasts. Many of the old timers still remember Romulo.
In Qoñani, this older couple, Hilario Mendoza and his wife, were moved to tears as they hugged Alfredo. Alfredo had not been able to return to this distant area for 18 years! Way back then, their church had received the audio New Testament on cassettes. God’s Word was powerful and the churches have multiplied. In Qoñani, the Runa Simi team attended their yearly “Spiritual Festival”. Over 100 pastors and group leaders attended from dozens of churches around the area. In the evenings they again shared the Gospel with the non believing community and many accepted the Lord after seeing the puppets and Genesis film. Most had never seen a film in Quechua. Twenty church groups received “Proclaimers” with the complete Bible in Quechua. We know that they will love having the Old Testament audio in Quechua. It will help the churches grow even more!
We had a puppet show and film events from the 21st-24th of July, in Qoñani and Vraem.
In Qoñani we distributed the Proclaimers, has a presentation of Puppet show training and presentation of films. On Saturday night in the middle of the opening we showed the film of the rapture and many brothers reconciled their hearts to Jesus, because they realized that they were failing the Lord God. Then the next day, Alfredo shared the Word of God and showed them that they could use the Proclaimers in their churches and communities with the audio listening devices. We shared the Word of God with children and adolescents through puppets, songs, and messages.
Monday night we showed a movie in Paccha and before showing the movie we announced by loudspeaker so many people attended. We showed the New Clothes Movie for Felipe and the Story of Joseph.
Tuesday we were in the Church of Concepción, in Cangallo, where we trained on Marriage and Baptism. Then at night we worshipped God and her messages until 1 in the morning. Wednesday went to visit the brothers in Andabamba. Then Thursday I came to Vinchos in the afternoon and showed the film of Joseph in the street. Many children and adults saw the film and many of them were shocked by the story of Joseph. It was a wonderful opportunity to share a little Word of God in the street.
Friday we rehearsed with the young people of Ayacucho to travel to Vraem and on Saturday night we visited an town far inland where we showed the film of Joseph in Quechua. It is the first time that I went to the jungle of Ayacucho but there were also many Quechua speakers. They desire to have materials in Quechua because it is the language they best understand.
Every year we visit Quechua stations with which we have had different radio workshops. The purpose is to encourage them to continue proclaiming Jesus on the radio in the mother tongue. We also want to know their needs and help if it is within our ability. In this image I am in the city of Huancayo doing an electronic workshop to verify the repair of the transmitter AM of the Quechua Rescue station. Next, we will visit the Logos station of the Quechuas of the jungle of San Martin.
We ask for your prayers in favor of Quechua Christian broadcasters who are making every effort to carry out the work. With few resources but with a great heart for Christ.
Audio-video Bible promotion was done June 24-25.
The Almighty Lord Jesus has gathered the new promoters of the Bible, to touch hearts of men.
They came from many places: 2 communities in Huancavelica ,Pichari, Nueva Fortaleza, Cangallo; Putica, Acocro; Rosas Pata.
The students shared their very exciting testimonies. They had a great desire to go out into the communities to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus and they prayed to God to prepare them. One such testimony was from Brother Julio Fernandez. He was in his bed and could not get up due to paralysis. He asked God to lift him up and the Lord answered his prayer. His response was “Now where I am going to go to prepare myself and go out to preach?” When he received the invitation for this workshop he immediately told his wife that he was going to this workshop.
Julio is in the photo wearing a brown shirt, with crutches.
A final session and graduation for Quechua women’s workshop was held in Ayacucho from May 18-20.
My dear family, remember when I was sending you my report for the 1st – 4th women’s trainings? Now, this is the 5th and the last, and I am very thankful to God for making this dream come true and allowing me to train Quechua women so that they can train other Quechua women in their churches and communities. This has been my desire for a long time.
After the teaching sessions in the villages, the ladies thanked me, saying “Now I have understood everything because you spoke to us in Quechua.” They kept telling me how they would like to learn and teach the Word of God, and to serve the Lord. I understood them, because I too once longed to served the Lord. So I thought about it, and asked for help from sister Palerma to teach on this topic, “Women of the Bible.”
Later I mentioned this desire to my son Pablo, and he responded, “That’s good, Mom, you should do it, it sounds great.” That response encouraged me and I started to prepare my plan for the conference. I sent out invitation letters to the pastors so they could send the women from their churches. I had to pray for them, because it’s not easy to get a Quechua husband to let his wife come for a study, it’s almost impossible.
But God worked wonders, and they attended all of the training sessions. This most recent session was their graduation. Now we have Quechua women who are ready to teach where God needs them. They have a praise song that says “Following Christ is my decision, always taking the Gospel.”
A training was held in Ñaupas on May 17-18.
Praise the Lord that in this village there is a church of the Lord Jesus Christ who deeply desires to pursue sound doctrine. It is located at 10,500 feet above sea level, and because of its location and its climate there is no one who will travel to teach them the Word of the Lord.
In the Quechua culture talking about sex is very difficult, because according to them, this subject should not be spoken in the Church. But, as we looked into God’s Word and they saw that the Bible addresses this subject, and they were open to learning. In this workshop many women participated. These women often struggle in their marriages as their husbands typically see them as objects for their own pleasure, etc. rather than showing love.
Praise be to God that all kneeled in repentance, seeking forgiveness for their past sins in their marriages and asked forgiveness for their silence in teaching their children these truths.