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Snapshot of Peru – Spanish is the official language of Peru, though Quechua and Aymara are co-official in some regions of the country. About 80% of Peru’s population is Catholic, with another 12% being Evangelical. Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. Marinera dancing is a popular feature of many of these festivities. Folk instruments such as the charango, cajón, and zampoña are popular, though modern styles such as rock and cumbia are also popular. Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport, though volleyball is also somewhat popular. Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.
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The Church‘s presence is strong within the mission’s boundaries and within Peru in general. Membership in the country is 527,759, with twelve missions, one temple, and two more temples announced or under construction. Rapid growth continues and there were over 2000 convert baptisms in 2012 in the Lima West Mission alone.
Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.
Buses are the primary mode of transportation in the city areas of the mission. There are also taxis that are affordable in most areas. In rural areas especially, but also in the cities, three wheeled ‘moto-taxis’ are prevalent and inexpensive modes of transportation.
Other than some minor incidents of theft, the area is relatively safe for missionaries.
As in most Spanish-speaking missions, the North American missionaries are referred to as ‘gringos.’ Peru is famous for its lingo and slang words and has unique vocabulary words that are specific to it and that distinguish it from other Latin American countries.
Rain gear is needed now that the mission has expanded to include Huaraz. The temperatures are mild and there is no need for heavy cold-weather gear, but sweaters are appropriate for the colder season. Since the majority of the mission is in the desert of Lima, there aren’t a lot of mosquitoes and other bugs but spray can be used,.
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What items were hard to get or not available?
Virtually everything is available there since there is a large city with stores of every kind.
What did you eat the most of? Rice and chicken virtually every day. Large servings of rice are served with most meals accompanied by a meat (chicken, beef, etc.) and often beans, salads, or other sides. Seafood is very prevalent since the mission lies on the coast.
What is the craziest thing you ate? ‘Cuy’ – guinea pig.
What was most surprising about the culture? They are very prideful of their traditions and incorporate traditional dances, celebrations and events into their modern-day culture.
What advice would you give to someone going to the Peru Lima West Mission? Be open to loving the people and truly caring about the amazing and humble people they will meet.