What we do grows out of who we are and what we believe. RiverWind is not a business enterprise; we are not trying to maximize profits at minimum expense. We are a ministry serving some of Perú’s numerous indigenous peoples and oral cultures, who have had little or no opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus. Teaching the Bible is the beginning of building communities of faith that will share, serve, and nurture God's new creation. What we do is bear witness to the kingdom of God through truth, love and service to the poorest of the poor in Perú's Amazon.
The centerpiece of our ministry is Leadership Transformation. We begin by teaching the Bible's historical narratives in chronological order, beginning with creation through the Old Testament; to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in the Gospels; and walk through Acts and the growth of the early church. The process of telling God’s story takes place over two years. After learning the stories of Scripture, selected student-leaders are invited to participate in three years of Servant Leadership studies and pastoral ministry.
We also engage in Community Development with men, women and children in several villages along the Ucayali by partnering with mission teams from Pucallpa and the US. These partnerships have allowed us to serve people through medical and dental missions, teacher in-service training, offer life-style classes for primary and secondary school students, Vacation Bible School programs, and work with women to develop their marriage, family and life skills.
We also value Environmental Stewardship because God created and called people to serve and preserve his Creation. The Peruvian Amazon is one of the world's largest green places, but Perú's rainforests are rapidly being harvested of ancient, valuable hardwoods.
"…the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. That is the way Jesus came to reveal God's love."
Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership