Peru (MNN) — Getting tribal
language Scriptures into the hands of the speakers is always a challenge,
requiring ministries to take a creative approach.
Audio Scripture Ministries is
joining a national partner in Peru for the development of a strategically
placed ministry center in the jungles of central Peru.
ASM's Tom Dudenhofer says,
"We are in the process of helping a new studio get started in Pucalpa. The
object of the project is to provide a recording studio so that the people in
the area can have God's Word recorded in their heart languages."
Many remote jungle tribes have
high illiteracy rates and need the Scriptures in audio form. The first of these
recordings, in the language of the Ticuna people, should be completed later
Once in place, two Peruvian men
named Mardin and Manuel, both of whom are from Pucalpa, will run the studio. Both have careers involving audio recording and radio production experience
and are looking forward to putting that experience to use recording Scriptures
for their own people.
Dudenhofer says that's what makes
this project exciting. "I think
this project is unique because these are Peruvian believers. They have a heart
for God; they have a heart to reach their people with the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. There are actually 11 languages that are targeted for recording through
Many of the language areas
identified as needing Scripture recordings are quite isolated and only accessible
by boat. Mardin and Manuel have asked for your prayers as they travel to
these areas to identify needs and locate readers for the recordings.
Partnerships like these allow ASM
to multiply their efforts and make the most efficient use of their funding. Because they can work together, they can take God's Word in audio to places it
has never been before.