Asheninka, Pichis of Peru

There are approximately 14,000 Pichis Asheninka in Peru. Pichis is one of the Asheninka dialects. The name comes from one of the native names of a local river called Pichis; the dialect is spoken by communities near the river. In the time of the Incas, they were known to be skilled fighters. In the sixteenth century, they were contacted by Jesuit missionaries and later Franciscan missionaries. Because of the numerous negative experiences they have had with outsiders such as the rubber boom, loggers, and other companies, they prefer to live in isolation.

Partnership // Move Beyond
  • Pray for missionaries ministering among the Asheninka people.
  • Pray resources are provided for missionaries to reach their villages in the Amazon.
  • Pray for written and audio resources in the Pichis dialect.

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrew 4:15-16, NASB).

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Joshua HuverAsheninka, Pichis of Peru