The name Secoya comes from the word Sekoya, which is a small tributary of the Río Santa María. The Secoya refer to themselves as Pã, meaning “people.” They live by cultivation, hunting, fishing, and collecting. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Jesuit missionaries introduced iron tools, but it did little to change their livelihood. In the 1950s, they were introduced to shotguns and now use them for hunting instead of blowguns.
The Secoya practice an animistic religion; they believe spirits inhabit animals, trees, rivers, etc. Shamans perform rituals that call animals, appeals to the weather, and communicates with spirits and the dead. They believe that shamans or herbalists can heal diseases that are thought to come from the magical darts of sorcerers.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In the blog post “Like a Seed”, Lakeera, an AGWM missionary associate, shares about planting churches among unreached people in Peru. Many are needed to join in reaching the unreached in Peru, among the unreached are the Secota, Angotero.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
In order for the gospel to flourish among the unreached indigenous churches must be established. Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) World Missions has set goals to plant indigenous churches in key communities across Latin America.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for LAC World Missions as they partner with the local church to reach unreached Amazon tribes.
- Pray the Holy Spirit empowers and leads the workers serving in Secoya villages to do his work effectively.
- Pray for move workers who will go to the hard-to-reach places of the world to share the gospel.
- Pray the Secoya will hear the gospel and put faith in God as their healer and savior.