Jul 28, 2012
Mind on Missions: The Saraguro Highland Quichua of Ecuador
The Saraguro Highland Quichua are a people group of 37,000 in the Andean highlands of Ecuador. Their primary language is Spanish, but Quichua is still spoken by older people.
They are generally a courteous and respectful people, conservative and timid towards outsiders, independent and self-sufficient, responsible and autonomous from an early age. Life is centered around the nuclear (immediate) family with gender-equality. Their identity is connected with their clothes and beliefs, not their language.
They are generally devout Catholics with an impersonal and vague knowledge of God. However, their beliefs are syncretistic. They are devoted to the Virgin of Cisne, a so-called post-biblical apparition of Mary in Loja province. The sun-god Inti is very prominent in their lives. They practice the veneration and placation of an array of saints, nature spirits (such as that of the earth, the moon, maize) and demons.
- Pray for full-time workers both Ecuadorian and international.
- Pray for the struggling evangelical churches to be revived and strengthened. They are what the general Saraguro population sees as the representation of Christianity.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would open the hearts of the people to the gospel.
- Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
information from www.joshuaproject.net