Sumu of Nicaragua

The name Sumu refers to a group of related people groups in Nicaragua and Honduras. The Sumu in Nicaragua live along the Río Bambana. They are called numerous names by different groups of people, but they refer to themselves as Mayangna meaning “we of the sun.” The traditional Sumu religion views the sun as the supreme deity, and the moon is also a god. They largely practice Christianity now, but they hold onto many of their traditional beliefs. They require a shaman called a suida to communicate to their gods. 

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

Juan Solano, a pastor in Nicaragua, has a great burden to reach the indigenous communities on the country’s Atlantic coast. Most of the 68 coastal communities vary in size from 2,000 – 5,000. According to Solano, only eight of these communities have churches.

It has been difficult to reach these communities because of their remote locations. To reach them, visitors must get as close as possible by bus or car and make the remainder of the trip by boat.

Ken and Kendra Doutt heard of the coastal people and the needs of their communities. They are discussing with team leaders how they can become involved in reaching them, especially the Sumu. They currently lead the Engage ministry in Nicaragua and have a group of young people who are ready and willing to get involved.

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

Solano and his fellow workers in Nicaragua want to establish some type of Bible school to train workers. One team member is teaching at a distant Bible school, but the need is great for culturally appropriate training opportunities in the area near the Sumu.

Partnership // Move Beyond
  • Pray churches are planted in Sumu villages.
  • Pray for teachers who can provide proper discipleship and address the issues of syncretism.
  • Pray for compassion ministries who can provide medical, nutritional, and educational needs to Sumu communities.

To get involved, see the LAC Pipeline. Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open Missions website.

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