The word, Apamama, is Kichwa for grandmother. That’s what we know her as. She lives deeper into the jungle than we do. But she has children and grandchildren who live in Puyo, so she comes here when she can. This is how we met Apamama. She is one of many generations of Kichwa who have been raised in witchcraft and sorcery. She knows no other life, but when she became acquainted with us, she recognized that something was different. She came to our church and although she doesn’t understand very much Spanish, she felt the presence of a greater power than she had ever known. We told her this was Jesus and she believed. She visits our church every time she’s here and she always prays in the altar, crying before the Lord. She now trusts in Him and is learning more about Him each time she’s here with us.
She recently sent her granddaughter to ask us to pray. Apamama says there are so many evil spirits in her community, Llanchama. She went to the river with her niece, and as they stood near the bank, Apamama felt a sudden blow to her shoulder/neck area, as if a brick had hit her. She instantly fell to the ground and passed out. Her niece managed to get her to their house and in bed, where she stayed for 2 days. Apamama said she knows it was the spirit of the devil and she wanted us to pray for her that the hands of Jesus would be upon her to protect her and keep her in her daily life. Apamama believes in the power of God that she has experienced in our church. So, we have sent an anointed prayer cloth with her to her community and the Word of God in Kichwa for her niece to read to her. In this manner, we are helping her to bring Jesus there! Apamama has tasted of the Lord and she knows that HE IS GOOD!