40 Day Fast – awiperu.org

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.

I’d like to introduce you to Asociación Alli Willaqui. Yeah, I can’t pronounce it either, but the English translation is The Good News Association. It’s called AWI for short.

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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9 Responses

  1. You wrote a very captivating post. Thank you for sharing.

  2. That is so great that there are people doing this!
    Thank you for writing, and being a part of the 40 day fast!

  3. Thanks for talking about this group. I’ve been involved for years with a group that takes the Bible into eastern Europe and Russia, going back to when they were smuggled in illegally under the communist regimes. I’ll be praying for you and AWI today.

  4. praying for you today

  5. Great post, Clint! I’m in Peru at the moment and am glad to know about a great ministry that’s working here!

  6. Thanks for the support everybody!!!

  7. I love that they are reaching out to the Quechua people instead of making them “modernize.”

    Thanks for being a part of The 40 Day Fast, Clint.

  8. Thank you for your dedication. It was an honor to travel and watch you work this summer. All of you are an inspiration

    In his service

  9. AWIPERU IS A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION WHERE THE MONEY THEY GET FROM THE US CHRISTIAN CHURCHS GO DIRECTLY TO THE YANAC FAMILY IN HUARAZ: INCREDIBLE!.

    THEY HAVE A BIG HOUSE, A CAR AND THEY SAY “WE DO HELP HELP” TO QUECHUAS IN PERU”.

    IF YOU WANNA LOSE YOUR MONEY DON’T DOUBT IT: MAKE YOUR DONATION TO AWIPERU.ORG !!!

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