Wednesday, May 2, 2012

At the end of the Earth...The Andes

As we drove down a remote dirt road through the Andes mountains in a car overfilled with 6 men, we saw less and less civilization.   Rapchi, Huarocondo, Andenes, Ancahuasi, Izcuchaca, Inquilpata, Compone, Suyapuccio, Huertahuayco, Limatambo, Uraca, Mollepata, and Estrella are only a few of the little towns or villages that have never had a church, that have no evangelical work going on, and many of these and countless other "off the map" villages have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.  As we would come around corners we would see Quechua people walking or herding cows and sheep down this remote road.  Some of the people may have been walking the 18 miles between town.  Sandals made from tires and the customary colorful garments of the Quechua people were the attire of these people.  We saw what I would guess as a 7 year old boy and his 8 year old sister, herding 3 horses, 4 cows and 3 sheep by themselves in the middle of nowhere for miles.  This is their life and they know no other way.  Our friend Walter Gamarra knows of many villages where the gospel has never been reached and that are secluded from society because there is no road into them.

As we came to realize that thousands of these people have never heard the gospel we realized the heavy demands that our work will require and the weight of the burden upon us.  Praise be to God that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  When we look at unfathomable needs, we can only depend on God in all things and we are so thankful that we can trust in Him that He has a people in every tribe tongue and nation. 

You can't see it from this pictures put there are little towns scattered throughout these mountains and there are no roads to most of them.
After talking much about this with our Peruvian brothers, a vision has come together for how we can bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to possibly hundreds of these unreached villages in our lifetime.  I will soon write about our plan and vision for our work in Peru.

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