According to the 2005 census, the indigenous population in Colombia was 1.4 million. Due to recent events, however, the indigenous population has been dwindling. The Nonuya number a mere 200 people. Today the Nonuya live in small groups along the banks of the Cahuinarí and Igara-Paraná rivers, in the southern region of Colombia near the Puerto Santander. They believe in the use of sacred plants and perform the Yuruparí; a ritualistic dance that celebrates their origins and elements of their beliefs.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Latin America Caribbean (LAC) has made it a priority to reach the indigenous unreached peoples of the region with the gospel. In cooperation with the local church, they are thinking strategically and creatively to bring the gospel in a way that these people will understand. Pray for the UPG missionaries planning to build relationships with the Nonuya and that a church may be planted in their community.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
To train and equip the local churches of LAC to reach the unreached people groups, theological colleges such as Latin America Theological Seminary exist. This seminary has units in Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and the United States.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for LAC as they work to reach groups like the Nonuya, that the Spirit will provide opportunities for missionaries to build relationships and share the gospel with the local people.
- For the students in LAC Bible colleges and seminaries, pray God places a burden to share the gospel with the Nonuya.
- Pray the church in Colombia fosters an urgency to reach the indigenous peoples in their country.