Outreach to Huancarpuquio

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.

 

Winding up the mountains.

Winding up the mountains.

 

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Getting higher. Glad we only met sheep, horses, and cows vs another car.

Setting up before breakfast.  They insist on feeding you. :)

Setting up before breakfast. They insist on feeding you. 🙂

Where we had breakfast and lunch.

Where we had breakfast and lunch.

One of the dental suites.  :)

One of the dental suites. 🙂

Teaching a few exercises.

Teaching a few exercises.

Stephen fixing a tooth on a young girl.

Stephen fixing a tooth on a young girl.

The waiting room.

The waiting room.

The house where we had lunch.

The house where we had lunch.

Quechua woman gaining some shoulder flexion.

Quechua woman gaining some shoulder flexion.

The pastor teaching outside.

The pastor teaching outside.

Doing a little manual therapy on my advanced plinth. :)

Doing a little manual therapy on my advanced plynth. 🙂

Packing up.

Packing up.

Loading up the truck.

Loading up the truck.

Heading back down.

Heading back down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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