The Wounaan people reside in the lower part of the San Juan River as do the Embera people. They belong to the same cultural life and are linguistically related to the Chocó language people. In the sixteenth century, they settled in the upper Atrato region and integrated into the San Juan region by the seventeenth century. They are shamanists and believe that their god, Ewandamais, created the world. Through a beverage from the cane, the shaman prays and sings of medicinal plants and communicates with spirits to help the people and the crops.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
A practical method of engaging the Wounaan is through providing education within a Christian environment. ChildHope (Formerly known as Latin American Child Care- LACC) exists to provide quality education, meals, and other basic needs. At the same time, they provide an avenue to share the gospel with thousands of children. Pray that the services of ChildHope may impact the Wounaan children.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Wounaan have a relatively large Christian presence but a significantly low evangelical presence. Latin America Caribbean (LAC) has produced 218,335 places of worship for the over 30 million adherents. Still, LAC is pushing to plant even more churches across the region. Pray that their efforts lead to planting a church in Wounaan villages.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray that through practical ministries such as LACC, many children will hear the gospel and know the love of God.
- Pray for workers who will be Spirit-empowered witnesses and a light to the many Wounaan who do not know God.
- Pray that a full Bible will be completed in their language.
- Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on the Christian Wounaan and that their community will be fruitful and lead to more Wounaan coming to Christ.