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Exploratory trip


Exploratory trip- La Guajira, Colombia

La Guajira, a desert land known by its inhabitants as the “Wayuu Nation” is a land without borders.  There is no Colombian Guajira or Venezuelan Guajira it is all one nation.

This summer our local staff members in Maracaibo went on an exploratory trip to Colombia to meet with other local pastors and churches about working with Bread of Hope. It was truly an eye-opening experience as we learned more about the Wayuu culture and the great physical and spiritual needs that they have in Colombia.  There were several places and experiences that really touched our hearts and we would like to share a few of them with you.

In the Guajira desert, the temperature is between 105 – 115 degrees Fahrenheit.  There are cacti and “Rancherias” small settlements where the Wayuu people live with their families.  These “Rancherias” are made out of wood sticks and a tin roof.  Many families often use asbestos for their roof, which many of you know is a prohibited material in most parts of the world because it causes cancer.

You would think in 115 degree weather that water would not be a luxury, but a necessity.  However, for the Wayuu living in these “Rancherias” water is every bit of a luxury good.  An average day of work for someone in this region is 15,000 pesos, which is about $7.  For those who live in larger towns a whole barrel of water, about 25 gallons, is 20,000 pesos or $10. For those that live in the “rancherias” the price doubles.  Many families cannot afford a constant supply of water.  It’s not common to see people walking around the “Rancherias” during the day. People would rather stay at home resting so that they don’t get thirsty.

After the Guajira desert, we got to Manaure, a city on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean known for its salt mines.  In Manaure, we were welcomed by Pastor Juan Nafer. He is the pastor of Manaure First Baptist Church.  The church was founded in 1975 by the Colombian Baptist Convention in alliance with North American ministries. The temple looks deteriorated, due to the sea salt which corrodes the metal and most buildings in the area. Planting trees seems like something out of a fairy tale because the land’s high salt content is not suitable for any type of agriculture.  Therefore, most children have only seen fruit trees in their text books.

We also met with another Pastor, Fidel Epiayu and talked with him about Bread of Hope sharing our vision and our work with local churches.  He expressed to us the importance and the need that these communities have for training.  Pastor Fidel attends a school program for Bible translators in Peru twice a year and is in charge of Bible revisions for the Old Testament.

Pastor Fidel is very similar to Pastor Jose in Maracaibo.  They share the same vision and passion for the Wayuu. This is one of our favorite quotes from him:

“We don’t want pesos or bolivares, we want training in order to connect with people through projects that not only feed the spirit but also give the Wayuu people a reason to live so that they don’t have to perish without knowing their value”

This church is part of an organization that has 49 churches throughout La Guajira.  They are working on starting a project to build an elementary school in their region.

After talking with Pastor Fidel, we have agreed to help with chorological bible study training and we are going to start alliances with churches in the area assisting them in starting community development programs.


– We contacted 3 churches that will soon receive chronological Bible training.

– One of these churches has 49 churches in its network (Samaria Church).

– One has 6 other churches and missions in its network (Ebenezer Baptist Church).

We are very excited about the doors that God is opening for Bread of Hope in Colombia.

We ask that you continue to support us in prayer as we move in obedience to reach the Wayuu for God’s glory.


Prayer Requests:

–          Please pray for the pastors and churches that we met on our trip.  Pray that God will guide us and lead us to build strong relationships in order to meet the deep needs that are found in their communities.

–          Please pray for a lady from one of these churches.  She is going through a hardship in her family.  Her husband’s life is in danger.  Her husband is a Christian and we do ask that you pray for his protection.

–          Please continue to pray for Pastor Jose and his family as they are grieving the loss of his Father.  Please pray for strength and peace as they go through this difficult time together.

Extending our reach

guarero people

One of our goals this year as a ministry is to extend our reach to the Colombian Goajira (Wayuu territory in Colombia) where we are partnering with native-local churches empowering them with resources and training to reach their Wayuu communities.

From July 23rd to the 26th our local team in Maracaibo will be traveling to Manaure, Colombia.

The purpose of this trip is to become familiar with the needs in these communities and prepare for our October mission trip with the local churches we have partnered with in Maracaibo.

One of Bread of Hope’s goals when we partner with local churches, is to encourage them to also invest in other churches and communities.

Please be praying for our local team during this trip to Colombia and for our ministry as we extend our reach to Colombia.

Pray for Venezuela

pray4vzla imageIf you’ve watched or read the news, you may have heard about the protests going on in Venezuela.

The protests arose as Venezuela’s economy and security have continued to falter.  They currently have the highest inflation rate in South America and shortages of food and common goods (such as toilet paper, oil, milk, sugar, and corn flour for arepas) are common. The country is truly divided between those who are unhappy and seek a change with the current government and those who support it and its ideals.  This political tension has resulted in these recent conflicts between students, led by opposition leaders and the government-backed police and military where nine protestors have died. Please be aware that the majority of these protest are in the capital city of Caracass which is 8 ½ hours from Maracaibo.

Undoubtedly, these events were orchestrated to overthrow the government of Venezuela.  These protests started out peacefully, however, they have turned violent in some areas due to repression by the police and/or military who at times have responded with force. Currently, the government is in the process of taking back control after students blocked the streets and roadways in some areas of Venezuela.  However, there is still a small group of protestors that continue marching with the hope of pressuring the President to resign. Please know that Bread of Hope’s support among the local churches and the Wayuu in Venezuela and in Colombia will continue independently of these circumstances.

The directors of Bread of Hope in conjunction with its local staff in Venezuela are currently analyzing the development of this situation in respect to the short term mission trips that are planned for this summer. Please be aware that the majority of these protest are in the capital city of Caracas which is 8 ½ hours from Maracaibo. Please know that your safety is a  primary concern to us. We will not take a team into a knowingly dangerous situation.

During a time of prayer and reflection God revealed Himself to us in His Word in the following verses:

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 & Proverbs 14:26

We understand through these passages that when we surrender ourselves to serve Christ he takes care of all of those little details that we often worry or get anxious about.  Our basic human needs such as health, safety, food, and financial security should be entrusted to Him, so that we can focus on Him. For in the end He is the only one who has control over our lives.  No matter how hard we strive to provide for our wants/needs on our own we will always find that circumstances are out of our control. God alone is sovereign and in control of every detail and every situation.

The Bread of Hope staff will continue to pay close attention to this situation and will keep you posted on any new developments. Please join us as ambassadors for Christ in praying and interceding for our brothers and sisters in Venezuela.  We must be a light, a reflection of Christ in a country that has been darkened by political division.  We ask that you join us in prayer every day at 10:00 pm #BOHiPray4Vzla

Please pray specifically that:

  • These protests will come to a peaceful resolution
  • Venezuelan Christians will use this time of conflict and pain to share Christ’s love and hope with those around them.
  • The Wayuu people find God’s love and provision in an extreme time of need.

Thank you for your support and your willingness to be the beautiful feet that bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Wayuu people. We are excited about the trip and the opportunity for you to meet these wonderful people. The community in which we serve is looking forward to welcoming you and they are eager to serve alongside you in this endeavor that God has put on each of our hearts.

Please remember to pray!

In Christ

Mark Kreikemeier
Bread of Hope – Founder

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:

Click on the image:

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.


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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