It is a movie centered around missionaries and people native to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. The communities featured here are located deep in the jungle, and in the movie they had little or no contact with the outside world.
Even though the movie was set several decades ago, the people in that area are still very........indigenous.
They have been relatively untouched by the outside world, and you can reach them only by way of this:
and travel like this:
And drink this (there is a local drink made from chewing a part of a plant and spitting it out to let it ferment. That's what you drink. And if it is offered to you and you don't take it, it is offensive):
and still hunt like this:
and are beautiful like this:
Call me crazy, but I didn't think there were too many people left on this Earth that were very isolated. I guess I am just in my little developed nation bubble.
Well, surprise among surprises, Compassion works with some of these communities in/near the Ecuadorian jungle! Partnering with Compassion's program, missionaries and churches are able to reach the most unreached people, providing them with their basic needs: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive, and they are able to share the love of God with them.
Stealing some quotes from another blog written by a team that has worked with and visited the area (http://benedicks4jesus.blogspot.com/2010/10/jungle-trip-to-copataza.html), you can read that
"The flights into most of the jungle communities are less than 60 minutes, but it is like entering a completely different world. Living in the jungle can be a treacherous proposition. As such, all indigenous folks team up with their families and close friends, find an area that has fertile soil, a water supply, and a plentiful supply of animals for hunting, and form a community. These places are mostly isolated from the outside world except for maybe a radio and an airstrip. Depending on the community, little planes may come in and out a few times a week, bringing in essentials such as toilet paper and Coca-cola, and carrying out stalks of bananas or other cargo........Because of Compassion International’s influence in Copataza, most of them already had a pretty firm grasp of the basics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.....The effectiveness of child sponsorship was very evident in Copataza. The people there are constantly being reminded of how much Jesus loves them."
By sponsoring one of these children, you provide support, love, letters and prayers to one of these precious children. For me, the thought of my letters going where not many people have gone before is totally mind-boggling! How awesome that I can touch a child that seems so remote with my words (that have to be translated not only to Spanish, but the native tongue, btw). It really is an honor and a special opportunity!
I sponsor 3 children from these jungle communities. So far, I have learned things such as they walk 20-30 minutes every day (except Saturday) to get to the Compassion project. One of the common health problems in their community is snake bites. 2 of my little girls have had their mamas pass away. My little Gina (8) says that when she grows up she wants to be a doctor to help the people of her town because they need it a lot. Also, "I love soda and bread. We don't have these things in my community. We can eat this when my dad goes to the city. I also like lollipops." ;)
Won't you consider sending your love and the love of God to one of these children today?
Let me introduce you to a few children who are needing wonderful sponsors!
(Please don't mind the boxes around their faces in the photos. That will be fixed soon ;)
The above children live in the community described above and attend a project deep(er) in the jungle. The following children also live in the same jungle, but appear to live a little closer to the outside world. Many of their needs are the same.
Angelo is a priority child as he has been waiting 240+ days for a sponsor.
Please let me know if you are interested in sponsoring one of these beautiful children. You can be a light in an unreached place!
**all of the photos above (other than the children's photos!) are courtesy of google images and are not my work.