The Pisamira are a small Indian tribe that number a mere 60 people. They are situated by the Vaupés River in the area of Yacayaca. About 30 of them live in Yacayaca, and the rest are scattered around the Paindaiba and Cuduyarí areas. They attribute their population decline to raids by the Karijona, a neighboring tribe, during a mythical period of wars that only two Pisamira survived.
According to their traditions, in ancient times Pisamira were fish from the Rio Negro (“Black River”) in Brazil that went on a canoe which guided them to become human. They floated down to the Vaupés River, where Inana, their cultural hero, created other groups.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There are 16 million people categorized into the 405 unreached people groups of Latin America Caribbean. One of the seven priorities for Latin America Caribbean World Missions (LAC) is unreached people groups. They are working with the local churches of Colombia to minister to hard-to-reach tribes like the Pisamira.
For missionaries to reach indigenous tribes, equipment and transportation are essential. Speed the Light is a student-initiated and student-funded program that provides equipment and vehicles for missionaries to spread the gospel. The article “A Lifeline for Missions” states, “Every missionary in the Assemblies of God will at some point fly, drive, or float to their destination in transportation that has been provided to them by churches and students through Speed the Light.”
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for the Assemblies of God in Colombia and those called to minister to unreached groups, that God will lead them and help them reach this group.
- Pray that a church is planted in Yacayaca so a strong Christian community may develop among the Pisamira.
- As the gospel is preached, pray that many Pisamira will respond to God’s call to relationship.