How can we ensure there is a church within walking distance of everyone in the world?
We must be patient. We must be steadfast. Most importantly, we must pray.
Thousands of indigenous people groups exist around the world, each with their own unique history and culture. While some have heard the Gospel, there is still much work needing to be done. Many of these people face persecution, especially those who have converted to Christianity. A strong church provides hope, safety and support for these new Christians, and spreads the Gospel to others.
As the Global Church Developer, our mission is to equip our indigenous partners with resources they need to plant churches, disciple believers and provide refuge. Without you, we could not accomplish that mission. Each month, we highlight some of those groups that may be blessed by ICM and our partners.
Please take time each month to pray for them as our work continues, and reflect on your own spiritual journey with the Lord. We pray each month’s post is a blessing to you. We thank you for your endless support.
All Scripture references come from the New Living Translation (NLT). Joshua Project used for Profile resource and stats.
People Within Reach: GUAMBIANO
Located in Colombia
Also known as the Misak, the Guambiano people reside among the cool, jewel-green foothills of the Cordillera, a mountain range known as “the Colombian Andes” in the southwestern region of Cauca. Traditionally an agricultural people, the Guambiano have a thriving marketplace in the town of Silvia. Most Guambianos are young; the median age is around 22 years. Their cultural dress consists of blue scarves or ponchos and dark bowler hats. Today, the Guambiano are fighting to reclaim their native lands, which have been damaged by commercial exploitation and deforestation.
Guambianos once practiced a religion involving various spirits. Today, many are Christian. An ICM ministry partner in Colombia has been building churches and fostering discipleship in the Cauca region, which has touched many lives in this people group.
Guambiano At a Glance
Language: Spanish and Guambiano
Main Religion: Christianity
Have you shared the Gospel with anyone new lately? Or, have you recently shared a comforting word or Scripture with a friend or family member who is struggling? If not, why?
Reflect on how you can show love to others this month.
- Pray that churches in the Cauca region continue to thrive.
- Pray that new churches will be established as a result of current discipleship initiatives.
- Pray that the Guambiano people would find hope in Christ in the midst of deforestation and loss of homeland.
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all.”—1 Timothy 4:12a