Quechua praise song

Annie and Sarah dressed in traditional Quechua gear.

Sarah and Annie dressed in traditional Quechua gear.

The following is a song in Quechua, one of the tongues proclaiming the glory of God around His throne, but a tongue which on Earth is a challenge for outsiders. Before moving to Peru, I thought that Quechua had something to do with Spanish, some unique dialect, but it is not so. They throw in lots of Spanish because they lack the word in Quechua, so a person can pick out a word or two now and then. Many people have lived here for years without learning much Quechua. However, one of our friends, a Washingtonian who lives in Abancay, can speak it fluently, even with the clicks, and it is so impressive.

The only words I know in this song are Dios, God, which is the same in Spanish, and Taytáy, which Sarah taught me is “father.” I can guess that the last word has something to do with service. Imagine it being sung in a whiny nasal voice with a lilting rhythm.  We hear a lot more Quechua music now that we live in town, and it is an acquired taste.  I’m glad to know it pleases God’s ears.

Yachachiway, Dios Taytáy

Sumaq qellqaykimanta,

Runamasiyman willamunaypaq

Kaypin kani, Dios Taytáy

Sonqoy ukhuman


Khuyakuyta yapaway

Sumaq simiykimanta,

Cheqneqniymanpas yachachinaypaq

Kawsayniytan qomuyki,

Qanpa munasqaykipi

Kawsanaykama servikusqayki


An American taking a picture while fixing this Quechua child’s fractured humerus with a physician from East Germany talking about the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Gospel and Diospi Suyana


Thanks be to God that the good news of Jesus Christ is presented to the people who are interested to hear at Diospi Suyana Hospital.  Diospi Suyana means “We Trust in God” in Quechua, and the actions of the hospital demonstrate this.  Every morning there is a chapel service in the main hall of the hospital where several songs of praise are sung and a short gospel presentation is given.  I like that every morning begins with the recognition that all we are and all we do is in the hands of a God who loves us.


The Quechua – The Last of the Incas

View the pictures below for a look at the people we will be serving in Peru.  In many ways it feels like going back in time.  I recently read a book ,The Last Days of the Incas, that explains the utter destruction of the Inca empire by the Spaniards and the desolation of the people immediately afterward.  In many ways, for those in the rural areas, things have not improved since then.  When reading the book, I was impressed by how much has been forgotten regarding the history and what was in the land – the cities, the roads, etc.  I think the worse thing forgotten was/is the people, and they have suffered.  I am glad to be working there to show them that God loves them, and I hope we can bring the compassion of God with us as we serve them humbly, as best we can.  (I am thankful for these pictures from the Diospi-Suyana website.)