By Rick and Melanie Floyd, with Wycliffe Bible Translators
In the small village of Cabracancha nestled in the Andes Mountains of Peru, a woman reclines on a hillside as she listens to her son read a children’s book. Friends and family gather around, relaxing in the shade of their church building after an afternoon meal.
The boy sounds out words in his language, Wanca Quechua, diligently working his way through the story of Noah and the ark. Some of the people, especially those in the older generation, have never been able to read Quechua. It’s a treat to hear a young person read it to them.
The boy’s mother, Viani Estrada, nods along word-by-word. “I’m the pastor of this church,” she said. “It used to be that parents would not allow their children to speak Quechua, and they’d force them to speak Spanish even though none of them really spoke Spanish very well. Since the arrival of the Wanca New Testament, they’ve valued Wanca much more and have begun reading it as a family.”
Before Viani had the New Testament in Wanca Quechua, she tried to preach from the Spanish Bible. It was hard for everyone to understand — even Viani. But with new resources in Wanca, like the New Testament and children’s Bible storybooks, she and her congregation are excited about God’s Word like never before.
“At first when people saw the New Testament, they said, ‘There’s no way we can use that; it’s too difficult! We don’t know how to read!’ But little by little, I read and taught them from the Wanca New Testament,” she said. “They became more and more comfortable with the idea of reading in their own language, and then they realized, ‘Oh, it really is easy! It’s written just the way we talk! There’s no problem with it.’”
Those who can’t read listen carefully to those who can. Then they recite those passages over and over until they memorize them. “Once they have it memorized, they have it in their hearts, and they know it,” she said. “They’re able to apply it to their own lives.”
How can you pray for the Floyds:
- Please pray that God continues to transform the church in Peru through his Word in their language.
- Pray for the Old Testament translation in Wanca Quechua.
- Pray for spiritual constancy in the midst of emotional ups and downs.