Peru is a country of contrasts. The dry coastal zone is the most European and international, and is also the most frequently affected by earthquakes as Peru sits on the Pacific ‘ring of fire.’ The Andes mountains are the home of the Quechua peoples, and is mostly agricultural. Beyond the mountains lies the Amazon basin, the source of the Amazon rising in northern Peru, and many tribal peoples live in the Peruvian jungle.
The growth of the Church in Peru is remarkable, from 1% in 1960 to 11.6% in 2010. Often this has been in the face of persecution, with hundreds of pastors being martyred. The Church has become indigenous, and the Bible is being translated into many languages and dialects.
Yet it has been estimated that 92% of the pastors in the jungle areas have no theological training. There are also huge needs among the poorest parts of society, where people live in very basic conditions in the favelas that cling to steep hillsides.
GBM workers in Peru
Anthony & Roxy Green are based in Arequipa, where they serve alongside a church in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood
Ronny & Rocio Tipismana serve in Simon Bolivar, where Ronny pastors a growing church in the south of the city
Sarah Clay is a LatinLink missionary serving in partnership with GBM. She is based in Huaraz, working in discipleship and member care
Daniel & Ellie Caballero are based in Ireland. Daniel is Peruvian, and works to publish resources for Peru in Spanish
How can you pray for Peru?
- For churches to make discipleship, accountability and quality teaching a priority to avoid believers sliding into nominalism.
- For churches and Christian organisations as they reach out to the poor that they would seek to help with both physical and spiritual needs.
Coronavirus has badly affected Peru and the health system cannot cope.
- The training of godly pastors to lead churches around the country.
Opportunities to serve in Peru
- Evangelism and church planting
- Training leaders
- Compassion ministries
- Reaching the urban poor
GBM stories from Peru
Peru – key facts
- Population 31.9 million (July 2020 est.)
- Population Growth 0.92% (2020 est.)
- Ethnicity mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 60.2%, Amerindian 25.8%, white 5.9%, African descent 3.6%, other 1.2%, unspecified 3.3% (2017 est.)
- Language Spanish (official) 82.9%, Quechua (official) 13.6%, Aymara (official) 1.6%, Ashaninka 0.3%, other native languages 0.8%, other 0.2%, unspecified .7% (2017 est.)
- Religion Roman Catholic 60%, Christian 14.6%, other 0.3%, none 4%, unspecified 21.1% (2017 est.)
- Urbanization urban population: 78.3% of total population (2020) rate of urbanization: 1.44% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
- Literacy 97.1% (2018)
(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)