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Literacy Programs Illiteracy is a huge obstacle for the Wayuu People.  66% of their population do not know how to read or write.  Wayuu children are often discouraged by their inabilities to keep up with their peers in the classroom.  So, many of them drop out believing that an education is worthless. Bread of Hope […]


The Wayuu are considered an unreached people group.  They have a population of around 600,000 people.  Bringing the gospel to the Wayuu is challenging in many ways especially with language and cultural barriers. The Wayuu have a New Testament translation; however, the Old Testament is currently being translated.  In order to overcome the language barrier, […]


Approximately 85% of the Wayuu people live in poverty. And, over 500 Wayuu children die every year due to starvation and/or dehydration. Bread of Hope empowers local churches to restore their value by meeting physical needs like food, water, shelter, and wellness. Through our literacy groups, Bread of Hope provides hot meals to over 200 […]

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The Wayuu people

The Wayuu are known as the people of the sun, sand, and wind. They are located in the arid Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. According to Wayuu culture, families are divided up into clans based on their mother’s last name.  Traditional Wayuu families live together on rancherias, a family settlement, where they herd […]


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Mark’s Story

  I’m Mark Kreikemeier and I live in Alpharetta, Georgia with my wife and three children. In 2009, I reluctantly went on a mission trip to Venezuela with eight folks from our church, First Baptist Church Alpharetta. One evening our mission was to deliver food to the people of Maracaibo. The local church member picked […]

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The UNfinished task

“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may continually fulfill it.” Colossians 4:17 We humans are great starters but often bad finishers. We leave unfinished symphonies, unfinished buildings, unfinished books, unfinished projects. We may not always finish what we start, but God always finishes what He startsGod doesn’t […]

Serving Wayuu children with special needs

Suwarala Wounmain What do you do when God calls you to action?  You answer His call.  Last year, we were contacted by a local elementary school in Venezuela asking for help. This elementary school in Maracaibo, Venezuela has a special needs program for Wayuu children called, Suwarala Wounmain, “light of the land” in Wayuu. It […]

Local Church Leadership Training

Have you heard about storytelling yet?  It’s a powerful way of sharing God’s word through stories, pictures, improvisation, and plays.  When you work with an oral-based culture, it is such an effective way to communicate the gospel.  From March 11th-13th we had the privilege of traveling to La Guajira, Colombia to host a leadership training […]

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