Shining Christ´s Light into the Darkest, Poorest Places

January 29, 2012

When the roads end for Lazaro Flores and his evangelistic team traveling the mountains of Peru, the native missionaries load their backs with supplies and begin the trek over the Andean footpaths to carry food, clothing and Bibles to poverty-stricken children and hundreds of Christian Quechua women left widowed after terrorist massacres. Ayacucho means “corner of the dead,” but indigenous missionaries with Churches of Ayacucho are giving the land a new name: Kausaqhucho, meaning, “Corner of the Living.”

Native Quechua youth group.

About 150 full-time missionaries preach the gospel to these destitute Quechua Indians who live in small villages above the timberline at nearly 14,000 feet, where the sun´s intensity dries out what little plant life covers the ground. Most of the natives have come to Christ through open-air evangelism. Over the years COA, helped by Christian Aid, has planted more than 150 churches and now more than 50 percent of the people living in some areas where they have preached are Christians.

These tribal people are the poorest of the poor. To survive, they burn moss for fuel and cultivate potatoes for food, one of the few crops that will grow at that altitude. To keep from freezing on below-zero nights they wrap in wool blankets and llamas´ skins.

They long for places to meet to worship the Lord.

Through God´s hand on this indigenous ministry, and through prayer and the faithful preaching of the gospel, many surrender their lives to Jesus. And many are healed.

Join Christian Aid in helping these men and women of God reach the Quechua tribe of Peru.