Peru for…three?

That’s right! We’re expecting! And what an experience it is. We are so thankful for this precious new life that our God has made, and are enjoying these early weeks as we learn more about what to expect in the months (and years!) to come. So, when we make our way down to Peru next year, there will be a little one in tow. We thank you for all your prayers and encouragement as we make this journey and ask you to keep us in your prayers as our lives are expanded and blessed in this very special way.

Also, please look out for a prayer card in your mailbox this week. We are so thrilled to have them in the mail and on their way. Please let us know if you would like to receive a card and we will add one to the bunch.

May God bless you in this very special week as we remember the one great and final sacrifice and rejoice in our Lord’s glorious reign!

What is Peru Mission?

Peru Mission is an organization operating primarily in Trujillo, a large coastal city in Northern Peru. The mission also has works in the Andean city of Cajamarca and several other, smaller cities and towns throughout Northern Peru.

Peru Mission offers the following vision statement on its website:

The vision of Peru Mission is to be a strategic facilitator of urban church planting and Christian community development in Peru.  Our mission is to partner with the Church in Peru in the advance of the Gospel by planting missional churches, equipping leaders, and developing transformational institutions.

In order to pursue this vision, Peru Mission has established several ministries, including the following:

  • Church planting
  • Leadership Training
  • Discipleship
  • University ministry
  • Medical ministries
  • English teaching
  • Economic development
  • Music and worship development

In these ministries (and in several other informal ministries, including Bible studies, discipleship groups and neighborhood evangelism), Peruvians and Americans work together to demonstrate, through word and action, the power of the Gospel, applied to hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, to transform lives holistically.

We invite you to join with Peru Mission in proclaiming the life-giving Gospel throughout Peru. If you are interested in supporting us in our work with Peru Mission, please feel free to contact us at calebandcassandra@gmail.com to request a prayer card. We look forward to hearing from you!

Peru in a Nutshell

Before the arrival of Francisco Pizarro in1532, Peru was ruled by several empires whose remains can be found throughout the country in the impressive ruins of temples, cities and government centers. The last and most advanced of these empires was the Inca Empire, which dominated all of Peru and also parts of modern day Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador from 1438 to 1532. Following the Spanish conquest Peru quickly became the center for commercial and political control by the Spanish crown in South America.

Chan Chan, Trujillo

Since gaining its independence from Spain in 1821 the country has experienced periods of prosperity and also staggering inequality, eventually leading to the rise of terrorist movements such as the Shining Path in the 1980s. In addition to the violence in that decade, the country experienced one of the world’s worst inflation rates at the time and sank into an economic coma.

In 1990 Alberto Fujimori became president and helped the country regain its economic footing while effectively quashing the terrorist forces. Unfortunately, Fujimori’s presidency was also marked by crime and corruption. The country is now experiencing an economic rebound and its economy is one of the fastest growing in the world. However, the government, lead by President Alan Garcia, continues to battle a poverty rate that hovers around 50%, a crumbling educational system, and weak institutions.

Government Palace, Lima

Peru is divided into three basic regional categories: mountains, jungle and the coast. The country is best known for destinations such as Machu Picchu, the Amazon rain forest, and the surfers’ paradise along the northern coast. Among national cultural treasures are criolla music (a mixture of indigenous, Spanish and African rhythms and instruments), ceviche (a dish of seafood marinated in lemon juice), and pisco (a strong distilled grape liquor). Peruvians are strongly nationalistic and fiercely proud of their heritage (patrimonio). 81% of Peruvians consider themselves Roman Catholics, but the evangelical church is growing rapidly, particularly in impoverished regions and communities. Despite the evils that have plagued the country since its founding, Peru is a vibrant, multifaceted and youthful society hungry for the Gospel and the hope it brings.

Corpus Cristi Festival, Trujillo