In January 2017, CPI officially opened its new mission center in the Amazon jungle city of Yarinacocha, Peru. The center provides a base from which to carry out CPI’s mission of training native missionaries and planting new churches. The property is now owned by Misión Church Planting International, which was established as a nonprofit organization with Peruvian directors. The center includes two homes and another building, which was formerly used as offices for Wycliffe Bible translators.
In March of 2020 a second mission center was dedicated to the Lord in Puente Piedra, on the northern outskirts of Lima. The Lima center is contained within a three-story building and includes a church, training center, pastoral housing and a hospitality house for visitors and groups.
Why establish mission bases in Peru?
1. Unreached people – There are an estimated 60 distinct people groups in the jungles of Peru, which represent hundreds of villages that need the Gospel. Hidden in the remote jungles, these people groups and villages are often overlooked. Though most of the world does not even know they are there, God knows and cares. Tribal missionaries need to be raised up and equipped to proclaim the Gospel, plant churches, and demonstrate the love of Christ.
2. Leadership training – While there are many churches throughout Peru, there are very few that proclaim a strong biblical message. Instead, churches abound which focus on man-centered, fad teachings that are void of power to change lives. Most native pastors and church planters in Peru have never had the opportunity to receive solid biblical training. If pastors are called of God and trained in His Word, they will make a difference for eternity.
3. Receptivity to the Gospel – Peru, more than any other place, is where we have seen the Holy Spirit work in a special way. Ever since CPI came to Peru in 1999, we have found hungry hearts; and we have seen lives changed through the power of God’s Word.
4. Relationships – CPI has built many strong relationships with quality Christian workers both in Lima and throughout the Amazon jungle.
5. Building for the long term – Mission bases in Peru help to establish CPI’s ministry to continue into the future.