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 (June 2021):
Greetings! I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you for your gifts and support, for praying for me and the work God is doing in Colombia and throughout the world as missionaries go forth armed with the preaching of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to each one of you.
I have recently made a trip to Vaupés near the Brazilian border where I visited an indigenous community. We were able to do some basic training in biblical interpretation and preaching. Nine church leaders where able to attend. We were also able to speak with eight recent converts about baptism before they were baptized in the river.
Please continue to pray for these communities and their churches. The need there is great. There will likely be more trips later this year.
Continue to pray for Colombia. Some of the civil unrest that has been going on has simmered down a bit for now. Let’s pray that it remains peaceful.
Please continue to pray for the Wounaan. I have been able to make a visit last week. Pray that I will be able to strengthen them with the gospel and encourage them in the faith. “Silas” continues to have several medical problems.
The Embera groups (Katio and Chami) continue to have a hard time in the city. They move around a lot throughout the city, making it difficult to keep up where they are. Please pray that I will be able to minister to them and proclaim the hope that we have in Christ.
I have mentioned the “Corey” family in the past. I don’t work directly with them often, but a few weeks ago, I was able to visit them again and deliver some money that was send to me for them. I was also able to get them a few boxes of Bibles.
Please continue to pray for “Ted” as I visit with him each week. He continues to suffer depression. Pray that I can encourage him with the gospel.
I am currently in the process of renewing my visa which allows me to be in Colombia. Pray for all of that will go smoothly without any problems. Thank you for praying. May God bless each of you with the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.