Dispatch 2: Dream Bigger While Building for Others
This is the second part of a blog series to see the previous post click here.
I have the incredible privilege of working alongside Reachglobal staff for three short months in the Central Amazon Jungle of Peru. While I am only here for a short while, the Reachglobal staff are long-term committed advocates for an indigenous people group in Peru experiencing extreme poverty. Clean water initiatives, supporting their local schools, and training for life and ministry are some of the areas they focus on as they envision transformed lives in future generations.
Together we hope to reach the next generation of Yanesha people by developing, empowering, and releasing current leaders while raising up new ones. We seek to strengthen Yanesha communities, families, and churches through local presence and training for outreach. By providing a sustainable place within a Yanesha community for these purposes we will focus on youth empowerment, offer training and organization of micro-enterprise ventures and cooperatives (i.e.: cacao production). Working together to share ownership we seek to preserve cultural values of community as negative outside influences increase.
The Yanesha people donated the property to be used for the training center…which was a huge encouragement for everyone involved in this project! At times, men who live in remote communitieswill walk up to four hours to the construction site donating their time and efforts to support this project they so desperately desire. The Yanesha people recognize their limited access to resources and anticipate opportunities to learn and grow businesses, community relationships, and churches. They also recognize that their youth are not being reached within the church. For this mission, focusing on youth means offering a place for camps and retreats to prepare them for the present and the future. It also means sharing the Gospel with these children throughout the process reminding them of the hope they have in Christ.
Experiencing the community laboring together (as materials are available) is truly indescribable. One of the goals of this center is to become a hub for youth. The second building will be an apartment for an on-site youth leader and his wife, who have been traveling 9 hours to invest in the youth. They will be able to focus personally on the youth of the 14+ surrounding communities. The plan for covering costs of long term maintenance depends upon income from renting rooms to traveling guests, as well as a percentage of cacao cooperative production.
Donations from US are welcome, for initial, short term investment. (donate directly to the Yanesha Training Center: Designation: Other, Fill: 5273 Yanesha Training Center)
Remember to Dream Bigger (“Sueña Mas Grande”).
Written by Sevenly Team Member Gabriella Sampedro