RiverWind's core value is training. We offer leadership development programs for men and women in the church and in the wider community. The key to training in indigenous ethnic communities involves story-telling. They are primarily oral rather than reading cultures; their history and ancestry is passed from generation to generation through the stories of the people group.
Many, especially among older generations, are mono-lingual; they speak only their "native tongue." During the last twenty-five to fifty years, however, schools have provided education in Spanish for the youth; today most young adults and children are bilingual, they are living in at time of transition from an oral to a reading culture.
As an example, while we use the materials of Spanish-language of Scriptures In Use to teach the stories of the Bible, we also are training the RiverWind Shipibo trainers in linguistics, to help them translate those materials into Shipibo language. Therefore not only the youth, but an older generation will be able to learn the stories of Scipture.
Program Offerings Upriver - Tahuania
Orality I: Creation to Christ
Teaching the stories of the Old Testament, beginning with Creation & the Fall, God's call and commissioning of Abram; slavery in Egypt and the Exodus; God's people living under King David and the kings of Israel and Judah; concluding in the O.T. with the Prophets. The last final selection of the Bible's stories narrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Orality II: Acts & Epistles
The second year of training center around the Great Commission, and the life of the early church. Beginning in Jerusalem, moving outward through Judea and Samaria, and concluding with the Gentile mission of the Apostle Paul and his missionary team, planting and encouraging churches around the then-known world.
This course is for church leaders in the indigenous communities. It includes a deeper look at the core beliefs that define the evangelical sector of Christianity: God, Salvation, Church, Biblical Ethics, and Mission.
We help them and their families by providing programs, information and resources to assist in their journey. We also help by raising awareness through public outreach and media.