Kenan Plunk has been serving as a missionary with the International Mission Board since 2008. After a year in Costa Rica for language school, he served in two Quechuan towns in the Andes mountains of Peru. In 2012, he moved to Bogota, Colombia. After four months working with indigenous students at the national university, he began working with the displaced indigenous groups in Bogota. Many indigenous peoples have moved into the cities to escape to the drug violence. Kenan seeks to reach these people with the gospel. Some are already believers. Kenan helps to disciple these believers. He also works with existing churches to help reach the indigeous peoples.
Most of Kenan's work involves visiting people in their homes to teach the Bible. One challenge he has faced is a language barrier. Many of the indigenous only speak Spanish at a basic level. Another challenge Kenan faces is the transient nature of the indigenous peoples. Many will move around from place to place, only staying in Bogota for a short period of time. The work is difficult, but by God's grace, these challenges can be overcome.
UPDATE FROM KENAN PLUNK (JANUARY 2022):
Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family celebrating the incarnation of our Lord in whom God has poured out more mercy and grace than we could ever have imagined. May we ever be mindful as to why the Word became flesh.
Thank you for praying for me and for the work God is doing in Colombia and throughout the world. Prayer is a crucial part of the missionary task. Pray that the word of Christ would continue to speed ahead and be glorified throughout the world.
In December, I was able to make a short visit to the States to spend time with family for Christmas. It was good to be able to see my family and take a break from my life in Bogota for a week.
I am continuing to meet with “Mike,” a Puinave man and with his wife and almost 2 year old daughter. Life is difficult for them as they try to eke out a living. They have lived in several places throughout the city and are currently seeking another place to live due to security issues they've faced where they are now. Pray that God will give me to wisdom I need to minister to him and his family.
I am also meeting with a Wounaan family once a week. We have begun to study First Peter together. At times, it’s just me and “Silas,” and sometimes others are there too. In my most recent visit I was able to reconnect with a Wounaan man whom I haven't seen in several years. I hope I will be able to visit with him some more. Pray that the Word will do its work to save the lost and sanctify believers.
Continue to pray for the Embera Katı́ o and Embera Chamı́. Right now, there are a few thousand Embera groups living in two city parks, one is near downtown, the other just outside of town. Please pray that God will give me the wisdom needed to minister to them during this difficult time. Pray for the families of "Eli" and "Levi" in particular. They are the one with whom I have had the most interaction. Pray that I can effectively communicate the hope of the gospel.
Please continue to pray that I can grow a team of people to help me in the work. I am hoping that I can find Colombian believers to help me. Some from Betania Baptist Church have helped in the past, but it is difficult to find people who have time free to accompany me on my visits. There are new missionaries who have recently arrived in Bogota who will be focusing on indigenous work. They have slightly different emphases as I, but we should both be able to help each other out in day to day work. Pray for us as we seek to make plans for the new year in how to go about reaching the Colombian indigenous peoples in Bogota. Pray that God will give us the wisdom we need to communicate the gospel to those whom we meet and to mobilize churches to help us in the task at hand. Pray that the Word would speed ahead and be honored.
Again, thank you for your prayers and support.
- That Christ be magnified
- The Embere "Eli" and "Levi"
- All the Embera in the parks
- "Mike" and his family
- "Silas" and the Wounaan
- Mobilizing churches
- Betania Baptist Church
- New missionaries in Bogota