Bread of Hope has teamed up with Rebirth in Christ Church to launch a Literacy Program aiming to help develop the education needs of several children who have been left out of the local school system due to their lack of education. BOH is working with these children to develop their educational skill in hopes of reintroducing them to the local public school system.
Since the program started 3 months ago, 8 children have been accepted into the local educational system and are now attending public school. Their teachers were amazed at how quickly these kids joined into the classroom.
Thanks to your donations, these kids are active in the local school system school and have exchanged their hopelessness for personal value.
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 goats and sew Wayuu mochilas.
From a very early age, the Wayuu learn to knit bags or “mochilas” to preserve their traditions and history. They have been hand weaving these bags for generations and they are an essential part of their cultural identity. The inspiration to make a mochila is based on their everyday life and surroundings. Men and boys weave the long straps for the bags while women and their daughters weave the body of the bag. It takes a family anywhere from 1-3 weeks to complete a mochila.
The Guajira region is the second poorest region in the Americas just behind Haiti. Every year 500+ Wayuu children die of starvation and dehydration.
Illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges 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. Many of them drop out believing that an education is worthless.
The Wayuu population of around 600,000 still remains largely unreached.
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 which “houses” would receive food. I will never forget walking down the dirt roads passing children that were just hoping you would stop at their house. My heart was aching thinking about all the children that would not receive food that night.
As we got to the “house” a little girl came running, jumping, and screaming out of the house. She was a little older than my own daughter. Her face will be forever burned onto my heart. As she and her grandmother hugged us, they told us they had not eaten in three days and were not sure where their next meal would come from. God put on my heart to do something to help these people.
Six months went by while I was trying to ignore what God made clear in my life that He can not be ignored. That is how Bread of Hope began
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 seeks to bring value to these Wayuu children and a hope for a better future. Teaching them the power of an education through our literacy classes. We have over 400 Wayuu students enrolled. Each one of them is assessed and tutored in the areas they need in order to level up to their age group. Their classes are always Christ-centered. We intentionally use this time to teach them about the gospel and God’s Word. Our desire is that these children will not only be educated but also be faithful followers of Christ.
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, we have partnered with Faith Comes By Hearing to provide the Wayuu people with access to the gospel in their native tongue. We do this through the Proclaimer. A Wayuu church leader will bring a Proclaimer into a Wayuu village and ask the permission of their leader to host listening sessions. For thirty minutes every week, the people of the village can listen to the recording and let God’s pure word convict them.
At Bread of Hope, we believe in empowering the Wayuu people in order to reach their unreached communities. We believe they are the key in unlocking cultural barriers. We are committed to help train Wayuu leaders in the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s Word so that they can multiply disciples for God’s Kingdom. Throughout the year we provide biblical training for Wayuu pastors and leaders. Helping them understand the biblical basis of the gospel and disciple-making.
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 children throughout the week. Averaging around 30,000 meals yearly.
This past year we have started the Box of Hope which provides meals, toiletries, clothes, and school supplies for a Wayuu family of four for a month.
During the summer, we host mission teams who help local churches bless their communities through eye clinics, construction projects, and feedings.
We are currently working on a water project to build a well in La Guajira, Colombia. Clean drinking water is a scarce resource in the arid desert of La Guajira. Many sicknesses and deaths are linked to their lack of clean water.
Our hope with these projects is to glorify God and give local churches an opportunity to put God’s love on display to reach their unreached communities.