East Apurímac Quechua

We are working with the Quechua people group of Eastern Apurímac.  This is one of the last groups in Peru to receive the Bible in their own language.
 

Who are the East Apurimac Quechua people?
 
The East Apurimac Quechua people group (EAQ) are a semi-subsistence agrarian people that live in 5 five of the seven provinces of the Peruvian department of Apurímac, bordering with Cusco, Arequipa, and Andahuaylas.  EAQ language details can be found at the
East Apurímac Quechua Page on SIL's Ethnologue.
 
There are about 240,000 native speakers of EAQ. 
 
What are the beliefs of EAQ people? 

Most all EAQ people are classified as Catholic by the government, but very few people ever attend mass or identify with the Catholic church.  Most EAQ people hold to the traditional Andean religion and worldview.  Within this beleif, the sun God and mother earth rule over creation.  However, happenings in daily lives are largely ruled by the will of the deities present in the surrounding hills.  EAQ people live in constant fear of these deities.  Sickness and death is controlled almost entirely by weather, or may be controlled by hill deities as well.  

In order to gain health and agricultural prosperity, traditional EAQ people must make offerings to the hill deities.  This must be a financial sacrifice, such as crops or alcohol.     

What are the gospel needs of the EAQ people?
 
The Bible tells us that God is "...not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."  2 Pet. 3:9  However, many EAQ people have no church in their village and as of yet none of them have the Bible in their mother tongue.  How can they come to Christ with no opportunity to hear of him or hear his word? 
 
Stuies show that 92% of EAQ villages do not have a church.  There is still a huge need for church planting throughout the Apurímac region.   
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