The Machiguenga come from southeastern Peru on the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The headwaters of Río Madre de Dios, which they live along, originate near the city of Cuzco. Their society had no formal leadership or legal system but households express their own autonomy. They are largely Christian, but they also practice animism and shamanism. Though they are considered Christian by Joshua Project, only 2 percent are evangelical, so they are rated as superficially reached.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
HealthCare Ministries conducted outreach in Peru in the Cuzco region and treated over 700 people. They state, “The team treated people with medical and dental needs, as well as physical therapy and health education. Once treated, each person met with local church members who prayed with them. After five days of holding the medical evangelism clinic, 80 people prayed the sinner’s prayer.”* Pray Machiguenga will respond to outreaches of International ministries and local ministries.
Readers, Writers, and Speakers
The Machiguenga do not have a complete Bible in their language. Pray that a translation of the Old Testament will be written in their language.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray God orchestrates opportunities for missionaries to engage Machiguenga people.
- Pray for wisdom as LAC World Missions and the national church strategizes how to reach and disciple unreached tribes in the Amazon.
- Pray for compassion ministries, that their efforts would make a difference in many Machiguenga lives.