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Republic of Peru

Latin America

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Area: 1,285,216 sq km

Three main zones: dry coastal plain in the west where most of the cities and industry are located, high Andean plateau which is more agricultural, and Amazon jungle in the east.

Population: 29,496,120    Annual Growth: 1.17%

Capital: Lima

Urbanites: 72%

HDI Rank: 78 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 106 (5% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish, Quechua. Spanish-speakers 80.3%. Most Amerindians areSpanish-speaking or bilingual; 16.5% of the total population speak Quechua    Languages: 93 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Evangelical churches have grown dramatically since the first evangelical congregation began a century ago. Evangelicals multiplied 40-fold, from 78,000 in 1960 to 3.4 million in 2010. Some estimate their number at over four million. The greatest growth came in the worst times of violence and social breakdown, as both the leftists and the army each regarded evangelicals as being on the other side. Over 750 evangelical leaders were martyred and some sentenced to imprisonment on trumped-up charges. Growth has been notable in the CMA, IEP(SIM-Latin Link), CoN and AoG but more so among the myriad indigenous Pentecostal groups. After peace came, growth slowed. Pray for a new and deeper work of the Holy Spirit to reignite the Church.

The Quechua and Aymara peoples, descendants of the Incas, are emerging from centuries of oppression, cultural deprivation, grinding poverty and isolation. Quechua was recognized as an official language in 1975. The Quechua Church is flourishing as Christianity at last becomes indigenized in Scriptures, structures, worship and music. Whole villages are turning to Christ. Pray for:

a) Millions of mountain Quechua and Aymara still bound by superstitions of pagan and “Christian” origin. Massive urbanization has seen many drift into the cities; pray for ministry to both urban and rural populations.

b) Bible translation has been a major factor in the Quechuan renaissance and church growth. The Cuzco and Ayacucho languages have the whole Bible. The NT in Huaylas, Lambayeque, Caquinte, Wana, Urarina and Asheninka have all been completed in recent years (UBS, SIL, IEP, IMB); several more translations are underway. Pray for the teams at work and for widespread use of these new resources.

c) The full reconciliation between Quechua- and Spanish-speakers at the foot of the cross, and the full integration of all ethnic groups into national Christian life.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Peru.