Trujillo is a city on the northern Peruvian coast of roughly one million inhabitants. Located in the dry, coastal desert, Trujillo was one of the first cities established by the Spanish in Peru, and is considered by many to be the second-most important city in the country. Boasting eleven colleges and universities, and a deep-water port, Trujillo is the educational and economic capital of northern Peru.
The historic center (or downtown) of Trujillo is not only the commercial, artistic, and governmental heart of the city, it is also where our offices are located, as well as where the Cristo Rey church plant meets for worship each Sunday. It is an ideal place to reach out to the city’s artists, political leaders, college students, and professionals.
Translated as “Hope”, La Esperanza is a huge district stretching for miles outside of the city of Trujillo. The district owes its incredible growth to the thousands of immigrants from the interior who come to Trujillo seeking work. Although things are looking up for Peru’s economy, many Peruvians still struggle to survive, and there are many people in La Esperanza who lack the very thing for which the district is named.
Missionaries are bringing true esperanza to this district, however, in the person of Jesus Christ, through the faithful preaching of His gospel. Peru Mission works with three congregations in the district, as well as mercy ministries in medical care and economic development.
Located in the northern Andean mountains, Cajamarca is a very different place from Trujillo. The city of Cajamarca proper is home to roughly 300,000 people, and is surrounded by a verdant valley known for its dairy production, as well as for the precious-metal mines it supports. Our work and the work of the Los Rosales Presbyterian Church (with whom we partner) extends beyond the historic downtown area to include churches in the villages and countryside area around the city. To learn more about our work in Cajamarca, please visit our Hinterland Ministry page.
Cajamarca Hinterlands from Nate Henderson on Vimeo.