In 1989 the vision for what is now ALTECO came as a clear conviction from God, a vision that would challenge the status quo of ‘traditional’ Amazonian missions while breathing new life into the work of discipling and empowering the tribal church.
As a chapter in a much greater story, ALTECO reflects God’s faithful pursuit of His people to the ends of the earth, to the depths of the Amazon jungle itself! Below is a timeline that highlights some of the key events, developments and catalytic concept building that have led to what ALTECO is today.
- Amazon Focus 501(c)(3) is incorporated in the USA.
- Various meetings and conferences took place in Peru with key tribal leaders and FAIENAP(1) where, among other things, the concept of partnering more broadly with indigenous leaders from different countries became a continuing conversation.
- Two meetings took place with visionary leaders from major mission boards to share the ALTECO vision, and discussed the first Amazon Consultation.
- God was working through Amazon Focus and through key indigenous leaders in South America to lay the foundation for the birth of ALTECO.
- The first Amazon Consultation (AC-04) was held on January 30, 2004, in the US, attended by more than 15 organizations, churches and businesses.
- At AC-04, the vision of ALTECO was discussed and endorsed. Steps were planned to move forward, and a steering committee was selected to guide the continuing interaction.
- Late 2004, our relationship and partnerships with CONPLEI(2) in Brazil begin to take root.
- Meetings took place in Peru, planning and coordinating with interested western and national leaders.
- The vision began to expand and take root in different countries.
- AC05 was attended by more than 22 organizations, churches and businesses.
- A consortium called ALTECO was approved.
- The steering committee was asked to become the first board for ALTECO.
- Early 2007, ALTECO gets its 501(c)(3) status in the US
- AC07 was attended by more than 60 organizations, churches and businesses.
- The first Amazon Consultation for South American tribal leaders was held in Peru.
- Trans-Amazon Network of Indigenous Christian Leaders was created by around 50 tribal leaders from 6 South American countries.
- Tribal leadership team was appointed, including 2 Brazilians, 2 Peruvians, 1 Paraguayan, 1 Bolivian, 1 Ecuadorian, and 1 Colombian.
- From 2008 to 2011, an Amazon Consultation was held each year in the US. Many organizations, churches and businesses came, and the work of the networks in North and South America continued to grow.
- ALTECO and Amazon Focus participate in the CONPLEI conference in Brazil in place of an annual Amazon Consultation.
- AC13 was attended by over 50 organizations, churches and businesses.
- AC14 was hosted in Ecuador and attended by over 60 organizations, churches and businesses. It was the first consultation hosted in South America!
- The first Women of The Amazon meeting was held.
- ALTECO hosts research projects and training workshops in North and South America.
- Colombia hosts a national tribal consultation of their own in Colombia. ALTECO assists in equipping and formation advisement for networks in the country.
- Strategy sessions with staff, tribal & national leaders hosted in Ecuador.
- Annual meetings with Trans-Amazon Tribal Network Leadership were held in Peru.
- Attend Indigenous Congress (national event for Amazon leaders) in Peru.
- CONPLEI tribal network conference took place in Brazil with 2500 indigenous people in attendance.
- AC17, hosted in the US, was attended by over 45 organizations, churches and businesses. Hearing the stories and hearts of the women who shared during the Women of The Amazon panel was a moving highlight for all who attended.
- A working relationship with the indigenous network RELIEC(4) was established during a Colombian Consultation.
- ALTECO assists in pandemic relief efforts in South America.
- South American networks look to bring relief to indigenous communities during a global pandemic.
- The ETO supports and accompanies local pastors as they minister to their communities during lock downs
Amazon Focus and ALTECO merge under the name ALTECO. We’re excited that this step will enhance the synergy we’ve always experienced and eliminate unnecessary duplication and overlap.
(1) Fraternity of Associations of Native Evangelical Churches of the Peruvian Amazon
(2) (Brazilian Tribal Network) CONPLEI (National Council of Indigenous Evangelical Pastors & Leaders – Over 3000 leaders from 115+ tribes.)
(3) DAI (Brazil) = The Indigenous Department of AMTB (Association of Cross-Cultural Mission Agencies of Brazil)
(4) RELIEC = Colombian Tribal Network
(5) ETO the three waves leadership team. (Three indigenous leaders, three national leaders, three western leaders, and one Coordinator)
(6) RELENAP = Peruvian Tribal Network