Ethnolinguistic Groups of Colombia’s Pacific Region

The Pacific Region of Colombia stretches in a curved, arc-like fashion from Panama to Ecuador, encompassing an area teaming with natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Traveling inland from any point along the way will take you on an ascent from which a lush jungle coastline leads to high Andean mountain peaks. Divided into the departments of Chocó, Valle de Cauca, Cauca, and Nariño, the region is little known to outsiders; rather, its reputation is that… Continue reading

Colombia’s Unreached Tribes

Deep within the dense jungles and vast savannah regions of Colombia are nearly a hundred different tribes, each one a unique ethnos – an ethnolinguistic nation created by God. Most have little to no knowledge of Biblical Christianity and have never heard the gospel. The majority of these tribes still maintain their indigenous native American languages so some extent, though Spanish has increasingly been adopted. They vary in population size, from tens of thousands to… Continue reading

Mango Maps and South America Research

In the fall of 2022, I began splitting my time in research and mapping of Ethnic People Groups between the needs of ALTECO in South America and Gospelink in 16 countries across several continents. To accommodate the massive new demands, my focus on the Amazon jungle region has had to narrow (become more refined) somewhat. I worked out as a goal with our South America team that for the first half of 2023 I would… Continue reading

Equipping Leaders in Colombia!

At the heart of ALTECO is the desire to prepare indigenous Christian leaders to succeed in a uniquely difficult ministry. Making disciples, planting churches, and shepherding those churches to maturity deep in the Amazon jungle requires a special type of leader, one who is both called AND equipped. In keeping with this vision, ALTECO has partnered with Lead555 to bring a select group of leaders through a 3-year program that (in their words) “is not just about training, but journeying with leaders from idea to… Continue reading