Building Bridges By Paul Opp, Missions
In a remote canyon in the Andes Mountain Range, between Cusco, Peru, and Espinar, you will find the Q’eswackaka bridge. What makes this bridge unique is the fact that it is rebuilt every year by the local villagers, using nothing but grass called ichu, that is braided into string. Those strings are then braided into cords and the cords are ultimately braided into giant ropes. These ropes then span 120 feet across the Apurimac River. The bridge is rebuilt every year by members of four Quechua communities, who work together to maintain the tradition. Thanks to their communal effort, the bridge has survived hundreds of years, acting as a link between the past and the future. Braiding the ropes symbolizes the constant connection of the communities.
Would you walk on this bridge? I did, but will admit to you that dangling hundreds of feet above the river and rocks on nothing but “grass,” makes bridge crossing memorable to say the least. Missions… what has this to do with missions? A single piece of grass could never hold the weight of any of us and none of the villagers could possibly build this bridge alone. The ropes ultimately weigh thousands of pounds and it takes approximately 700 villagers three days to rebuild this bridge.
String by string, strength is woven and a bridge is built that is strong and safe, connecting the communities on either side of a river. You and I can also be those strings. There is work that needs to be done, that alone we could never accomplish. You may feel your ideas, abilities or small financial contributions won’t make any difference, so why bother? I am here to tell you that together we are strong. Together we can change the lives of the hurting and hopeless. Together we keep our “bridges” to the people who need us, new, fresh and strong. Next time you have the opportunity to support our local mission work, or the myriads of projects in distant lands that desperately need your help, become part of the “rope” that can bring someone safely from the other side.
PEOPLE OF PERU PROJECT NEEDS:
What we need is a small army of people to donate “One Sole a Day”. That is about 30 cents a day or $10.00 a month. This money is so important to keeping the doors open to our crisis center. We support all these girls and their babies in every way like education, medical needs, clothes, food, vocational training and everything that parents should supply for their kids.
We don’t have a steady income other than what God supplies through the generous support of people like you. One Sole a Day…that is all we ask, $10 a month. PayPal is an easy way to do this. Just click and send a one-time donation or monthly support.
People of Peru Project sponsor dozens of students in and around Iquitos. To learn more about our sponsored students and how you can sponsor a student, see our Sponsorships page.
We need an new bus
Ours has seen it final days. The plan is to have an entire new “coach” built for our chassis.
Total cost $3,000 In addition to our rebuilt bus, we will buy a Larger Newer Bus since we often need two vehicles for larger groups or split activities. Total cost $15,000
For more information please visit… peopleofperu.org