Nukak Maku of Colombia

Just as in Jim Elliot’s day 1956 martyred among the Auca Indians of Ecuador (The Book “Through Gates of Splendour”) there are still unreached jungle tribes in parts of the world! Here is one. How will they hear without a preacher?
Nukak Maku of Colombia

The Nukak Maku are jungle nomads. At any moment, they can roll up their hammocks and carry their possessions to the next camp. They live off the land, utilizing an incredible list of jungle products. Some of their possessions now are modern, such as metal pots, but much of what they use is from their surroundings. They were an uncontacted tribe until 1988. Contact with them resulted in devastation, as half the population died of diseases they had previously not known. They hunt a variety of animals in the jungle, using a blowgun and poison darts. The Nukak think humans have three spirits that go to different places at the time of death.

Ministry Obstacles
No Christian resources are reported as available in the Nukak Maku language. Workers will have to find other ways to communicate with them.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps Christians in other jungle tribes can be challenged to share Christ with the Nukak people. Stories from scripture may be the most effective approach.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a handful of Nukak who know of Jesus, but even that is doubtful. Pray for those who will soon come to know Him, that they will be accurately taught who Jesus is and will understand what He has done for them.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray these jungle dwellers will find the food and water they need, and will not be further devastated by disease. Pray they will be able to make needed transitions to the modern world.

Scripture Focus
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You.” Psalm 22:27

Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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