Typical village in the Amazon.
Peru (MNN) ― Peru's government is moving toward reconciliation with the indigenous peoples after two months of rioting and protest. The government wants to delay the implementation of two plans to open parts of the Peruvian Amazon to foreign investment.
According to government sources, the state of emergency will be lifted in Bagua, where there is finally peace after deadly clashes between police officers and natives.
The conciliatory move may not be enough. Activists are still planning a massive anti-government march for June 24.
Tom Dudenhofer with Audio Scripture Ministries says their teams work with isolated people groups in the rain forest. They haven't encountered any trouble during the protests yet, but "if somebody thinks that they're involved in some commercial activity, then there is the possibility that they would be handed some difficulties. These are Christian Peruvians who have a burden to reach their own people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "
For the most part, the team is working so deep in the jungles that news of what has been happening in the cities likely hasn't reached them. That means the riots didn't stop them. "We are simply enabling them to be able to go out and make these Scripture recordings. They've just finished one. The Yaminahua language has just been recorded. They are in the process of making their initial contacts for the Chayahuita language."
ASM launched recording studio last year in the jungles of central Peru. The studio will record and distribute Scriptures in the languages of more than a dozen remote jungle tribes that have been identified as having a need for Scriptures in audio form.
Dudenhofer asks you to pray. "It would be good for people to pray that the political issues, especially in Peru, would be separated from what these people are trying to do in getting God's Word recorded."