1. Quechua Futbol Club
The love of soccer is an international language. Soccer creates community, strengthens bonds, and opens doors, making it the perfect vehicle for engaging with youth. Quechua Futbol Club was born out of a desire to use soccer as a platform to train Quechua kids and teenagers to follow Jesus.
Our work begins when a church expresses their desire to minister through sports. We host an evangelistic soccer clinic in the community in partnership with our church contacts there. Our goal is to draw in as many participants as possible, so that even if the connection doesn’t continue, people still have a chance to hear the Gospel. In our preliminary clinics, we have anywhere from five to 100 participants, and the turn-out helps us understand how to establish a lasting partnership to serve the community with sensitivity.
The next step is to train leaders from local churches to take over as long-term coaches in their communities. These coaches then begin to lead weekly practices with their teams, and teach devotionals after each training session. Teams grow organically by word-of-mouth and the attraction of a healthy environment for kids. The community gets involved, and sometimes local churches take over as sponsors. As the number of players increase and level of play improves. Teams then have the chance to compete with other academy teams, or nearby secular teams, giving them the opportunity to evangelize and expand their fellowship!
Quechua Futbol Club seeks to:
Function as a tool for local churches to reach young people in their community in an inviting way.
Evangelize and make disciples in the context of Christian community.
Give young soccer players the opportunity to develop their skills with high-level training sessions at no charge to their families—potentially opening doors for them to continue their soccer careers.
Make sure our players grow up to be citizens, employees, and spouses of integrity as a result of the values they learn through our program
We are currently discipling over 200 children, youth and coaches, in five different locations, through the Quechua Futbol Club program. Quechua FC is continuously expanding and connecting with new locations.
2. Evangelistic English
As part of our commitment to help equip the Quechua people with the tools to overcome poverty, we have launched a new branch of Empowering Quechuas—Evangelistic English classes.
These classes—taught by volunteer English-speaking teachers–work in close partnership with local churches. Depending on the needs of each group, classes are held in either three-day or week-long intensive-style courses, or six to eight week courses with classes once or twice a week.
In each class, we focus on learning phrases that apply to real life situations, expanding learners’ vocabulary and fluency, and correcting pronunciation. Evangelistic English also uses soccer as a way to capture the attention of our learners and keep them moving while learning (ELITE program: email for more). As part of the curriculum, the classes study passages of scripture, which give great examples of varied vocabulary and phonetic combinations.
Following each class, we present devotionals that demonstrate real life connections between language learning and the Gospel. These analogies and examples help learners see why learning language is important, but knowing Jesus is infinitely more important.
The purpose of Empowering Quechuas’ Evanglistic English classes is three-fold:
Offer education and tutoring to those who might not be able to afford it otherwise, giving them a better chance at higher education and accessibility to more job opportunities
Disciple believers who are already involved in the local church, and build community among learners
Make non-churchgoers feel welcome in the church, giving them the chance to hear the Gospel, potentially for the first time.
3. Technical Training
Many pastors in the Ayacucho region struggle to provide for their families due to extremely low wages. Many of them don’t receive any pay for their work as pastors or missionaries. They often cannot even pay to put their own children through college. This problem has inspired us to equip families in ministry to become “tentmakers,” just like Paul in New Testament times (Acts 18:3).
What are “tentmakers?” Tentmakers are people who finance a portion of ministry by working another job outside the church. By having an outside source of income, tentmakers are able to provide more for their families, partially fund their own ministries, and cover their own financial needs when offerings fall short. At Empowering Quechuas, we believe in and preach a holistic Gospel: one that believes in providing for physical needs, as well as spiritual.
In order to help these ministry families become “tentmakers,” we offer programs that help them learn the skills they need to start small businesses, such as electrical work or plumbing. We partner with well-qualified volunteer professors to host one- to two-week intensive courses, including hands-on practice hours. Upon completion, students receive certificates that give them the opportunity to return to their hometowns and start working immediately.
Course sponsorships prioritize pastors, indigenous missionaries, church leaders, and their families, enabling their service and allowing them to improve their living situations.