The Cotahuasi Canyon has some of the most rugged country on earth. There are over 40 villages scattered through the canyon and shepherds huts dot the high altitude meadows, some accessible only by hiking or horseback. How are we to share the Gospel with them? How are we to encourage those who are responding?
Some villages and many isolated shepherd families still have no road to them.
Rainy season brings extra challenges to ministry in the remote villages
One way to reach them is through daily radio broadcasts and the preparation of digital recordings of the scriptures in their local dialects. The Cotahuasi Ministry Center Project now includes the Christian radio station and distribution of digital media players and radios. Supporting this Project supports the Radio Station and other important ministries.
Since May of 2008, Bible teaching via FM radio reaches into many of these communities, proclaiming God's truth and "feeding His sheep" with the Word of God. The Quechua church planters that cannot visit all of the new village churches are now using "Radio Senda Cristiana" (The Christian Way Radio) to supplement church planting and discipleship ministry. We would like to expand our transmitter range using Short Wave, and when complete we expect to reach most of southern Peru with the Gospel in the Quechua and Spanish languages.
Most people living in the remote highland areas are unable to read well enough to study the Bible and understand the Scriptures on their own. Hearing God's Word faithfully presented clearly on the radio is helping many who can't read. Some, who are reluctant to participate in the Bible studies or attend new churches in their area will instead listen to the radio in their homes as the Holy Spirit and the word softens their hearts.
Through efforts of the ministry of SonSet Solutions we receive technical help, resources, and training to enable us to develop and continue on the air.
The prospect of expanding our listening area with the installation of Short Wave Radio is an exciting and important development with the help of SonSet solutions' expertise and resources. Their portable, solar-powered, fixed-frequency radios have been donated and these are a great blessing to enable people to listen to Radio Senda Cristiana.
Being faithful to God's word is essential in the work of radio programming. As we strive to learn more and honor the Lord, please pray that He would guide us in all wisdom and knowledge so that we will be faithful in broadcasting God's word. Also, please pray for wisdom in maintaining the radios and equipment, generators and antennas, and the development of electrical power options for our remote transmitter site.
To help this ministry grow in effectiveness, please pray about helping to equip and support those sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the unreached Quechua villages in this difficult and rugged canyon area of Peru. Thank you.
If you would like to help support the radio ministry, please give to the "Cotahuasi Ministry Center" Project (number 091252-091) which can be entered at the link below at SIM.org https://www.simusa.org/give?id=091252-091&dsg=Project