The Shipibol are native to the Ucayali region of Peru. Local ancient ceramic work suggests that their people dating back to 2000 B.C. Their name “Shipibo” means “Ape-Men” and they are united with another people group called the “Conibo” which means “Fish-Men.” Men are usually hunters, but because hunting, fishing, or agriculture cannot provide for all their needs, they rely on hand-made crafts. Because of this, women are the main breadwinners in their communities. In the 1600s, the Catholic missionaries converted many of them, however, they practice a blend of animism and Catholicism.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In the article, “The Rances: Holy Week & Roman Catholicism in LAC,” Delonn and Valerie Rance explain their experiences in LAC with the strange mixture of Catholicism and Animism. In one church a priest will celebrate the Eucharist and, moments later, a witchdoctor will enter the same church to perform animistic ceremonies. Because of the forced conversion with the Spanish, a strong syncretistic environment was created. The Rances’ asks believers to pray for the lost people of LAC who have heard of Jesus, but have not received him as their Savior.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Shipibol do not have a full Bible translated in their language. Wycliffe says, “People groups all over Peru are experiencing that firsthand. God’s Word is being translated into their language, and as they understand its truths it releases them from oppression and transforms their communities.” Pray the Shipibol will have that experience as the Bible is translated into their language.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray churches are planted in Shipibol communities.
- Pray God brings strong believers to the lives of Christian Shipibol to disciple them.
- Pray the Holy Spirit comes upon them and leads them to the truth of Jesus.