A few weeks ago Stephen and I had the opportunity to visit a rural community for an outreach campaign. These campaigns are organized by a dentist and her husband, Erin and Brenden, who work in Abancay. They do an excellent job and their mobile dental equipment allows them to do most dental procedures just about anywhere.
The town sits at about 10,000 ft and is about 4 hours from Curahuasi, with the last 2 hours ascending to the village by dirt road (which can be a little treacherous at times). Upon arriving, we set up in a building they had just built and were using as their church. Apparently this is a very new congregation and the church was built just a few months ago. A pastor from Abancay has been visiting this village and trying to spread the gospel and train church leaders. The dental/physical therapy campaign provides a great opportunity to share Christianity as people wait for their appointment. Most of the townspeople are illiterate and only speak Quechua, therefore, you can’t just share with them normal Bibles and reading material. For generations the people have passed down their history through stories (the Quechua had no written language). Brenden as put together picture books of Bible stories. He or the pastor can then tell the story and share the book with the people so they can then tell the story to their friends and family.
Here are a few pics.