This is my entry for the 40 Day Fast. Don’t forget to read my partner for the day, Melissa’s, post. I’ve provided links to AWI‘s site, but it’s in Spanish. If, like me, you don’t speak Spanish but would like to know more about the organization or how to support them, let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you with the info.
Over 40 years ago Wycliffe Bible Translators went into the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) region of Peru and began the process of translating the Bible into the language of the native people, Quechua. It was a long, difficult process littered with delays and setbacks, but at its completion during the summer of 2007, something much larger than a translation had taken place.
AWI is a fledgling organization that has formed to continue the process begun by Wycliffe. It is made up of several of the local men that assisted with the translation, along with a frequently growing list of new members, and its purpose is to promote the newly translated New Testament and minister to the Quechua people. AWI‘s resourcefulness is inspiring. Their methods go from no-tech multi-day hikes to reach remote villages to a hi-tech radio program simulcast over the internet to reach greater distances.
The weekly radio program plays a significant role in their ministry. Evangelical in nature, but providing very practical information on relationships (husband/wife; parent/child), basic hygiene and many other aspects of every-day-life for the Quechua people.
Like so often happens to people not living within the “normal” acceptable culture of the area, the Quechua people are often looked down upon by others and are under constant pressure to embrace modern culture. With the scriptures translated into Quechua and the radio program broadcast entirely in Quechua, these outcasts are being empowered by simply acknowledging their culture and language.
AWI is being the hands… the feet… the heart of Jesus for these beautiful mountain people. Showing them love without conditions. That really does make them Asociación Alli Willaqui, The Good News Association!!
left to right: Andres, Yepo, Pushpi, Timoteo, Ade
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