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The Ashaninka Bible Institute first opened its doors in the 1990’s. The Institute faithfully serves small churches among the 30,000 Ashaninka tribespeople throughout the central jungle region of Peru. Ashaninka sponsorships directly enable Institute students to complete coursework and serve their local communities.
Every August and September, the Institute offers a 2-month session on biblical and pastoral training designed to meet the basic needs of the agrarian lifestyle of the Ashaninka people. Students earn a basic Diploma of Theology after the completion of three two-month sessions, over three years.
Though the cost of the program is a challenge within the largely non-cash Ashaninka culture, Ashaninka sponsorships help realize the goals of these future pastors. A $300 Ashaninka sponsorship allows lay pastors to complete a 2-month session in biblical education. Sponsorships of $600 allow married couples to both receive training.
Because we envision a dynamic church with effective leadership in the more than 80 Ashaninka communities, the Ashaninka sponsorships are integral to this ministry. In addition to directly impacting the life of an Ashaninka, sponsorships influence the community where trained Ashaninka pastors serve. Transformed Ashaninka churches will be beacons of hope in their village and we deeply value how each sponsorship realizes this goal.