RiverWind's core value is transformational leadership - growing servant leaders. We offer training 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 biblical texts of Spanish-language translations of Scriptures and the chronological materials and methods of Scriptures In Use to teach the stories of the Bible, with the help of the Bible Society of Peru we also are training RiverWind Shipibo leaders and teachers in linguistics, to help them translate those materials into the Shipibo language. Therefore not only the youth, but an older generation will be able to learn the stories of Scipture.
Leadership Curriculum Upriver in Tahuania
Orality - Year 1
- BRIDGES (Scriptures in Use)
- 40 Old Testament stories leading to Christ's ministry
- Church Planting
C.E.L. - Year 2 (Leadership Training Center)
- Walking with Christ - Acts & Epistles
- DAI Servant Leadership: Lessons 1 - 5
- Worship 1, 2
- Spanish 1
C.E.L. - Year 3
- DAI Sevant Leadership: Lessons 6 - 10
- Christian Education
- Spanish 2
C.E.L. - Year 4
- DAI Level 2
- Pastoral Ministry
- Spanish 3
- Administration: Project Planning, Expenses & Reports