SAN CARLOS DE RIO NEGRO
San Carlos de Rio Negro is the capital of the municipality Rio Negro. It is called Rio Negro (Black River) due to the minerals in the water that make it a dark color almost like coffee. Although there are various different smaller tribal groups in Rio Negro, the Yanomami indians dominate the the area both in numbers and in fame. Storied as a fierce warring tribe, the name Yanomami stirs imaginations of an ancient culture that dates back to the stone age. Although the ways of the Yanomami are very primitive, they are a people group who can be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ. There has been missions work among the Yanomami for many years with great advancements in Bible translation. Jose Gutierrez and Hilda Aguilar de Gutierrez, along with their 8 children, are Venezuelan missionaries who have been working in Rio Negro for about 18 years. Their pioneer work, aimed at reaching the Yanomami, has been an inspiration and a great help in opening doors to other workers who will follow in their footsteps to reach this area with the gospel. The efforts of the Gutierrez family have proven vital in preparing the way as they have focused their ministry on the villages of this municipality and have learned much about the Yanomami culture.