The Candoshi people live along Peru’s Chapuri River. An isolated group, the Condoshi rely on hunting and fishing to survive. Their basic form of sustenance is a drink made of fermented yucca. Their remote location makes them accessible only by boat and reaching them takes many days. Only a few Candoshi have ever heard the gospel. The Candoshi believe that there is one supreme being named Apanchi who controls the universe. They believe that evil spirits known as Yashigo have the power to cause death. They visit Shamans to find healing or retrieve the spirits which have caused them pain. They believe that by following certain social rules will protect them from the evil Yashigo spirits.
Engagement // What's Happening Now
There are currently two new churches among the Candoshi. AG missionary Steve Ford is establishing these works and training the few believers there, all of whom face constant peer pressure in their communities.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
AGWM Missionary Chris Bowser says, “it breaks my heart when people say Latin America is reached. There is no church in this village [Quechua village near the Candoshi people]. Look at these people: They’ve never heard the gospel! The unreached are all around us!”
Mobilizing and equipping people to reach many of these remote areas where the church has yet to be planted is key to reaching the Candoshi people.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for the following:
- Pray for missionaries who are working with the Candoshi.
- The New Testament in the native Candoshi language was completely translated in 2010, pray that the word of God may bear fruit.
- More than 2,000 Candoshi have died from Hepatitis B in the past two decades and finding sustainable health solutions is a constant challenge. Pray that God would inspire believers to help meet the many needs among the Candoshi.