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The Chiclayo Mission is one of ten missions in Peru. The people are warm, friendly, and welcoming to missionaries and strangers alike. Family is important in Peruvian culture, and they love to celebrate and have an enjoyable time.
There are eight stakes in the Chiclayo mission boundaries, and the church is growing quickly (as evidenced by the numerous missions and membership). Most people already hold Christian beliefs, which makes contacting and teaching go more smoothly. Missionaries should expect to be involved in reactivation efforts alongside regular proselyting.
Rice is a staple in the Peruvian diet. Potatoes are another popular starch and are typically served alongside chicken or fish. Some specialties are ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers) and cuy (guinea pig).
Van-like buses known as combis, which are privately run, are a common method of transportation. There are also taxis (which are more expensive) and motos (2-3 seater motorcycle-pulled carts).
Missionaries are generally respected; however, avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables such as digital cameras to discourage theft. Caution should always be exercised when out at night.
Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. It is considered impolite to not finish food that has been served. It is considered normal for men and women to kiss each other on the cheek as a way of greeting. Missionaries should be aware of thceis tradition, but not follow it.
“Chevere” or “bacan” mean “cool”. Adding “di” or “diga” at the end of a sentence is like saying “right?”. Some language varies by region. Missionaries should be open to learning new ways to say things.
Calle Los Alamos 128
Urb. Santa Victoria