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Listening Groups

In Bread of Hope we are partnering with native churches to reach the Wayuu people. We provide evangelistic tools like the “proclaimer”. an audio device that reproduce the New Testament in Wayuu. Churches go to their communities and start listening groups where Wayuu people gather to listen to God’s message.

Look at the different listening groups in Venezuela and Colombia:

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boh listening groups

Colombia Mission trip

colombia missiontrip

On November 2013 our Bread of Hope team in Venezuela traveled to the Goajira province in Colombia.

They visited the communities of Uribia, Manaure, and Shirulia.  They worked alongside Eben-Ezer Baptist Church to support them in evangelism and community outreach.

The BOH team brought some proclaimers, which became an essential evangelism tool.  More than 70% of the population of Uribia, Manaure, and Shirulia only speak Wayuunaiky (the native language of the Wayuu).  Many did not speak Spanish.  It was a blessing to many to be able to hear God’s word and see the Jesus film in their heart language.

Needs:

The province of Goajira is located in one of the most forgotten and overlooked areas of Latin America.  It’s an arid, desert area that makes agriculture and food production very difficult.  Many of the people that live there make a small living off of their homemade production of salt.  However, the government has recently handed this area over to transnational corporations who are now taking over most of the area’s commerce.

In the small villages they visited, there was no access to power and electricity.  One of their biggest needs is access to drinking water.

For many their water comes from an open well that is often easily contaminated by runoff, insect larvae and pollution.

Another major need for this area is training for pastors and leaders.  Many are in need of bible training and materials.
Thanks for your prayers and support.

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Literacy Program

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 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 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.

Mark’s Story

 

KreikemeiersI’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