Church Plant Project
Jan 2010 - Apr 2012
Cusco, Peru is a city of more than 400,000 people. Though it is located in a valley, at its city center, the elevation is 11,000 feet above sea level. Being at a high elevation, the climate is cold, and the rainy season persists for six months out of the year. Machu Picchu is located only a few hours from the city, making Cusco is the biggest tourist destination in Peru.
The culture of Cusco stems from the Quechua people group, who have distinctly separate traditions and language from the majority of the Peruvian people. The locals known as, Cusqueños are extremely traditional and most hold firmly to a Catholic heritage. However, their faith and religion is dangerously mixed with pagan beliefs, idolatry, and many religious "festivities" which are based around parades and drinking.
The 40/40 team ministered in Cusco from October 2010 until April 2012. The traditionalism and loyalty valued in this culture forced some of the greatest challenges as the 40/40s formed disciples and raised up churches. Ultimately, within two years of service, many lives were transformed in the Cusco Valley.