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Now the zampoña, charango, flauta and bombo!

Peruvian Lutherans strike a chord in their neighborhood

Strains of music cast their lure from a tiny building in Lima, Peru, that once housed a fish restaurant. As members of Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Lutheran Church will tell you, this building now houses fishers of people (Matthew 4:18-20), as well as a wide net of ministries of care and music. People walking through Lima's Surco neighborhood are drawn in by the hauntingly beautiful traditional Andean music, said the congregation's pastor, ELCA missionary Dana Nelson.

Javier Regalado Guerra (left), Jhanet
Javier Regalado Guerra (left), Jhanet Regalado Arica and her husband Michael Ayala Alva play music at least one Sunday a month at Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Lima, Peru. Arica plays the charango and Alva plays the zampoñas, instruments used to create traditional Peruvian folkloric music. The group, known as Emanuel, started in 1980 when Guerra and his wife Florencia Arica Gutierrez sang together. Now the group includes five of their children, one in-law and several Andean instruments.
 
Florencia Arica Gutierrez sings and
Florencia Arica Gutierrez sings and shakes a palo de lluvia (rainstick) to create worship music.
 
Patricia Regalado Arica plays the chapchas,
Patricia Regalado Arica plays the chapchas, a percussion instrument made of seeds.
 
Milagros Regalado Arica plays the bombo,
Milagros Regalado Arica plays the bombo, a large sheepskin drum, during a rehearsal before worship.
 
Michael Ayala Alva plays the zampoñas
Michael Ayala Alva plays the zampoñas during worship.

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