- POPULATION: 29.2 Million
- RELIGION: 12.5% Evangelical
- KNOWN FOR: Alpacas, Inca, potato birthplace
- LAM PRESENCE SINCE: 1931
Latin America Mission has had an off-and-on presence in Peru since 1931, when the mission held its first evangelism campaign there. Today, LAM's diverse ministries in Peru range from caring for street children, to evangelism, to engaging South American youth through Christian camping.
Heir of rich indigenous traditions, Peru was the heart of the Incan empire. It also has a long and prominent history in the colonization of South America. Situated on the Pacific coast, it was used by the Spaniards as a center of colonial government for a large part of the region.
Spanish is Peru's dominant language, but more than 15 percent of the population speaks indigenous languages like Quechua and Aimara. Peru is predominantly Roman Catholic, but also has a mix of other pagan beliefs. The country is known as the birthplace of the potato, is famous for its picturesque alpacas, and is a global center of mineral mining.
Like many Latin American countries, Peru has experienced significant political instability. In 1992, the Constitution was suspended and bold reform programs were implemented by President Fujimori. But his authoritarian methods and a weak economy led to his ouster in 2000, opening the door for Peru's first democratically elected president of Native American ethnicity, Alejandro Toledo.
Interested in serving with us in Peru?