Pray for: Peru

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Lima
Population: 34,683,444
% Urban: 78.5 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 25.3 %
Official Language: Spanish, Quechua. Spanish-speakers 80.3%. Most Amerindians areSpanish-speaking or bilingual; 16.5% of the total population speak Quechua
Languages: 93
Literacy Rate: 94 %
Life Expectancy: 72.4 yrs (131/236)
HDI Ranking: 84 / 189
% Christian: 95.5 %
% Evangelical: 11.6 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 95.5 %
People Groups: 104
Least Reached People Groups: 15
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Peru

Tier: 1

Type: country

Peru’s political scene has been a mess for too much of the past few decades. In dealing violently with Maoist terrorist groups, the government then brought abusive, corrupt politicians (including former President Fujimori) to justice. Many people still suffer from the effects of the terror groups and “death squads”. Since 2017, Peru has been paralyzed by a series of political crises. In 2022-2023, Peru experienced the Presidential self-coup and ensuing political drama, protests, and crackdowns. These demonstrate how desperately the country urgently needs a stable government with integrity and a mandate from and for the people themselves. There have been too many years of corruption, dictatorship, and threats to security. Over 50% still live in poverty, and 20% in extreme poverty. Amerindian groups face racial injustice, and urbanization brings many poor migrants to urban areas. Pray for justice and righteousness for the crushed and oppressed.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.