The Embera, an indigenous people group from Colombia, are a misunderstood, overlooked, uneducated, and displaced people group. IMB missionary Beth Burkhalter felt led to minister to the Embera women, so she and her husband, Travis, began sharing Bible stories with a group of them.
As Beth got to know this group, she saw their overwhelming needs and realized the need for a long-term, sustainable way for them to earn a fair wage and provide for their families. For generations, the Embera people have created beaded jewelry. Beth felt God calling her to utilize the beaded handiwork and begin the Embera Bead Project as a way to help the Embera families earn a living wage and share God’s Word with them.
THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM is the financial fuel for reaching every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state, and every nation. Your support through the Cooperative Program provides resources for missionaries like the Burkhalters so that they can serve and help people with their physical and, ultimately, spiritual needs.
PRAY for the Burkhalters’ work among the Embera people and that Embera women, especially, will choose to put their faith in Christ.