The Ashaninka are an ethnic group native to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. They live primarily on the Ene, Perene, and the Tambo rivers. Their villages are settled along the river with houses made of palm tree trunks and leaves. They hunt, fish, and grow bananas and yucca. Some western influences have made their way into Ashaninka society such as western clothes, stores, and guns for hunting.
Many Ashaninka practice animism and believe spirits inhabit all things. Also, they do not generalize animals, instead each bird or fish has its own name. There are various churches represented in Ashaninka villages, but they remain only 1.5 percent evangelical.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
One of LAC World Missions' seven priority initiatives is church planting. They have planted 218,335 places of worship with 30,262,608 adherents, but 83 percent of LAC remains spiritually lost. Pray churches are planted in Ashaninka villages.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Ashaninka New Testament was completed in 1972 and some portions of the Old Testament were published in 2005. Wycliffe states, “The Ashaninka people are eager to have access to the rest of the Old Testament in their language to help them replace legends and traditional religious practices with the truth of God’s Word!” A complete Bible written in their language would be revolutionary to the religious culture of the Ashaninka.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray God calls missionaries and church planters to plant churches in Ashaninka villages.
- Pray for God’s guidance as translators prepare an Old Testament in their language.
- Pray that God will pour out his Spirit on Ashaninka Christians and empower them to reach other Ashaninka villages with the gospel.