Ashaninka Bible Institute

Our vision is to see Ashaninka churches transformed with a desire to know God deeply, to see churches worshiping authentically and making disciples of fellow community members. We want to see the Ashaninka churches shine brilliantly as the Bride of Christ, as the pillar and wisdom of truth in indigenous communities. We envision a dynamic church with effective leadership in the more than 80 Ashaninka communities.

The Institute prepares individuals for a variety of ministries in the local church through Bible instruction and mentoring. The courses are taught in the Ashaninka language by Ashaninka speakers. Approximately 70% of graduates are involved in ministry today.

Since the 1990’s the Ashaninka Bible Institute has served the many small churches among the 30,000 Ashaninka tribespeople scattered over an area the size of New Jersey. A number of those worshiping communities were started through Institute students and graduates.

The Ashaninka Bible Institute opens its doors every August and September, offering biblical and pastoral training designed to meet the basic needs of the agrarian lifestyle of the Ashaninka people. The students board at the SAM Mazamari property. The professors teach in the Ashaninka dialect and some specific course offerings include: The Life of Christ and the Gospels, a Survey of The Old Testament, Homiletics, Missions, and Scripture Memorization. A basic Diploma of Theology is obtainable through the IBA after the completion of three two-month sessions, realized over three years.

Ashaninka students come from among the 100 or so Ashaninka villages scattered throughout the central jungle region of Peru. Often spouses and children accompany the students and study as well. During their stay, the families are able to grow in certain fundamental areas of learning, such as reading, or in areas of family life, such as learning how to manage a Christian household.

The Ashaninka Bible Institute fund allows us to sustain the general operations of the ministry, which includes supporting the Institute staff made up of Ashaninka pastors and teachers.


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