Country: Peru

Number of People Groups

104

People Groups Unreached

8 (7.7%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

32,116,000

Population in Unreached

158,000 (0.5%)

Literacy Rate

94 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

94.6%

% Evangelical

11.15%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Achuar Jivaro 5,000 12,000 Achuar-Shiwiar Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 2.00 %
Afro-Peruvians 160,000 161,000 Spanish Christianity 100.00 % 7.00 %
Aguano 200 200 Spanish Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 5.00 %
Aguaruna 61,000 61,000 Awajun Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.10 %
Amahuaca, Ipitineri 400 600 Amahuaca Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %
Amarakaire 1,800 1,800 Amarakaeri Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 9,700 190,291,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 28.90 %
 Amuesha, Lorenzo 12,000 12,000 Yanesha Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 0.80 %
 Apurucayali Asheninka 4,900 4,900 Ajyininka Apurucayali Christianity 60.00 % 2.00 %
Arabela, Chiripunu 600 600 Arabela Christianity 60.00 % 0.60 %
 Ashaninka 40,000 40,000 Ashaninka Christianity 65.00 % 1.50 %
 Asheninka Perene 6,700 6,700 Asheninka, Perene Christianity 60.00 % 2.00 %
 Asheninka, Pajonal 14,000 14,000 Asheninka, Pajonal Christianity 55.00 % 4.00 %
Asheninka, Pichis 15,000 16,000 Asheninka, Pichis Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 1.00 %
 Asheninka, South Ucayali 17,000 17,000 Asheninka, South Ucayali Christianity 55.00 % 4.00 %
 Asheninka, Ucayali-Yurua 8,500 9,500 Asheninka, Ucayali-Yurua Christianity 60.00 % 1.70 %
 Aymara, Central 503,000 1,687,000 Aymara, Central Christianity 90.00 % 1.50 %
Aymara, Southern 242,000 242,000 Aymara, Southern Christianity 98.00 % 12.00 %
 Bora 3,400 5,000 Bora Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 0.30 %
 British 5,200 51,834,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
 Candoshi, Shapra 3,400 3,400 Kandozi-Chapra Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.20 %
Capanahua 500 500 Capanahua Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.30 %
Caquinte 400 400 Caquinte Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 0.40 %
 Cashibo-Cacataibo 2,200 2,200 Kakataibo-Kashibo Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.40 %
Chamicura 100 100 Chamicuro Christianity 90.00 % 0.50 %
 Chayahuita 14,000 14,000 Shawi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.40 %
 Chilean 96,000 16,721,000 Spanish Christianity 87.00 % 18.00 %
Cogapacori 300 300 Nanti Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 2.50 %
Cujareno, Mashco Piro 300 300 Mashco Piro Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Peruvian Sign Language Christianity 96.00 % 2.00 %
Ese Ejja, Huarayo 1,200 2,300 Ese Ejja Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.60 %
 German 6,300 64,354,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
 Greek 6,400 10,798,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 140,000 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
Huachipaire, Wacipaire 1,800 1,800 Huachipaeri Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.00 %
Injerto, Asian / Peruvians 13,000 13,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 %
Iquito, Amacacore 500 500 Iquitu Christianity 70.00 % 1.00 %
Isconahua 100 100 Isconahua Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 4.00 %
 Japanese 152,000 124,775,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 %
Jaqaru 2,500 2,500 Jaqaru Christianity 80.00 % 0.20 %
 Jebero 2,800 2,800 Jebero Christianity 60.00 % 1.00 %
Jew, Spanish Speaking 1,900 298,000 Spanish Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.10 %
 Kambeba, Omagua 600 1,100 Spanish Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 1.00 %
 Kaxinawa, Cashinahua 1,500 9,300 Kashinawa Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.20 %
 Kokama 17,000 26,000 Kukama-Kukamiria Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.60 %
 Kulina, Madija 500 4,400 Kulina Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 1.00 %
 Machiguenga, Manaries 15,000 15,000 Matsigenka Christianity 60.00 % 2.00 %
 Marinawa 600 1,100 Sharanahua Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 %
 Matses 1,700 2,600 Matses Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.20 %
Muinane Huitoto 1,300 1,300 Witoto, Muinani Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 0.80 %
Mulatto 62,000 62,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 %
 Nomatsiguenga 7,700 7,700 Nomatsigenga Christianity 60.00 % 2.50 %
Ocaina 200 400 Ocaina Christianity 70.00 % 1.00 %
 Orejon, Koto 300 300 Maijuna Christianity 60.00 % 0.40 %
 Peruvian 23,844,000 24,804,000 Spanish Christianity 96.00 % 14.00 %
 Piro 5,100 5,100 Yine Christianity 70.00 % 0.80 %
Pisabo 600 600 Pisabo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Quechua, Ambo-Pasco 115,000 115,000 Quechua, Ambo-Pasco Christianity 95.00 % 2.40 %
 Quechua, Apurimac 240,000 240,000 Quechua, Eastern Apurimac Christianity 99.00 % 0.50 %
Quechua, Arequipa 40,000 40,000 Quechua, Arequipa-La Union Christianity 99.00 % 0.50 %
 Quechua, Ayacucho 1,115,000 1,115,000 Quechua, Ayacucho Christianity 99.00 % 3.00 %
 Quechua, Cajamarca 37,000 37,000 Quechua, Cajamarca Christianity 99.00 % 4.00 %
Quechua, Cerro de Pasco 14,000 14,000 Quechua, Santa Ana de Tusi Pasco Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 %
 Quechua, Chachapoyas 8,300 8,300 Quechua, Chachapoyas Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 2.00 %
Quechua, Chincha 7,400 7,400 Quechua, Chincha Christianity 99.00 % 3.00 %
 Quechua, Chiquian Ancash 12,000 12,000 Quechua, Chiquian Christianity 95.00 % 1.40 %
Quechua, Corongo Ancash 5,000 5,000 Quechua, Corongo Ancash Christianity 95.00 % 0.40 %
 Quechua, Cuzco 2,272,000 2,272,000 Quechua, Cusco Christianity 97.00 % 3.00 %
Quechua, Huallaga 56,000 56,000 Quechua, Huallaga Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 %
Quechua, Huamalies 90,000 90,000 Quechua, Huamalies-Dos de Mayo Huanuco Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 %
 Quechua, Huaylas Ancash 413,000 413,000 Quechua, Huaylas Ancash Christianity 95.00 % 1.20 %
Quechua, Jauja Huancayo 95,000 95,000 Quechua, Jauja Wanca Christianity 99.00 % 2.00 %
 Quechua, Lambayeque 26,000 26,000 Quechua, Lambayeque Christianity 99.00 % 3.00 %
 Quechua, Margos Chaulan 140,000 140,000 Quechua, Margos-Yarowilca-Lauricocha Christianity 86.00 % 3.00 %
Quechua, North Junin 77,000 77,000 Quechua, North Junin Christianity 99.00 % 0.90 %
Quechua, North Lima 8,700 8,700 Quechua, Cajatambo North Lima Christianity 99.00 % 0.40 %
 Quechua, Northern Conchucos Ancash 300,000 300,000 Quechua, Northern Conchucos Ancash Christianity 95.00 % 4.00 %
Quechua, Pacaroas 1,500 1,500 Quechua, Pacaraos Christianity 99.00 % 5.00 %
 Quechua, Pachitea 60,000 60,000 Quechua, Panao Christianity 99.00 % 2.00 %
Quechua, Pasco-Yanahuanca 47,000 47,000 Quechua, Chaupihuaranga Christianity 99.00 % 0.60 %
 Quechua, Puno 601,000 601,000 Quechua, Puno Christianity 96.00 % 2.00 %
 Quechua, San Martin 55,000 55,000 Quechua, San Martin Christianity 70.00 % 3.00 %
Quechua, Sihuas Ancash 7,800 7,800 Quechua, Sihuas Ancash Christianity 95.00 % 2.60 %
 Quechua, Southern Conchucos Ancash 320,000 320,000 Quechua, Southern Conchucos Christianity 95.00 % 0.60 %
Quechua, Southern Huancayo 300,000 300,000 Quechua, Huaylla Wanca Christianity 99.00 % 0.80 %
Quechua, Southern Pastaza 1,900 1,900 Quechua, Southern Pastaza Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 %
 Quechua, Yauyos 7,700 7,700 Quechua, Yauyos Christianity 99.00 % 0.80 %
 Quichua, Lowland Napo 11,000 37,000 Quichua, Napo Christianity 99.00 % 3.00 %
 Quichua, Northern Pastaza 2,200 12,000 Quichua, Northern Pastaza Christianity 99.00 % 2.00 %
Romani, Calo 9,600 924,000 Calo Christianity 70.00 % 5.00 %
 Russian 1,600 133,741,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
 Secoya, Angotero 800 1,300 Secoya Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 0.60 %
 Shipibol 31,000 31,000 Shipibo-Conibo Christianity 65.00 % 2.00 %
Spanish, Loreto-Ucayali 3,200 3,200 Spanish, Charapa Christianity 95.00 % 0.50 %
 Ticuna 9,900 56,000 Ticuna Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 %
 Uitoto, Murui Huitoto 1,300 9,400 Huitoto, Murui Christianity 85.00 % 3.00 %
 Urarina, Shimacu 3,600 3,600 Urarina Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 1.40 %
 Wampis 12,000 12,000 Wampis Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 6.00 %
 Yagua 7,400 8,100 Yagua Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 0.40 %
 Yaminahua 900 2,500 Yaminahua Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.70 %
Yaminahua, Chitonajuas 300 300 Yaminahua Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Yaminawa, Arara 400 400 Yaminahua Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Yora, Manu Park Panoan 200 200 Yora Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.00 %
Zambo, Mulatto 32,000 5,689,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 2.00 %
  Totals:  104 32,116,000       8   94.57 % 11.15 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 50,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 32,166,000              
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Prayer Cards
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Achuar-Shiwiar acu 1 0 NT
Ajyininka Apurucayali cpc 1 0 NT
Amahuaca amc 1 1 Portions
Amarakaeri amr 1 0 NT
Arabela arl 1 0 NT
Ashaninka cni 1 0 NT
Asheninka, Pajonal cjo 1 0 NT
Asheninka, Perene prq 1 0 Portions
Asheninka, Pichis cpu 1 0 NT
Asheninka, South Ucayali cpy 1 0 Portions
Asheninka, Ucayali-Yurua cpb 1 0 NT
Awajun agr 1 0 NT
Aymara, Central ayr 1 0 Complete
Aymara, Southern ayc 1 0
Bora boa 1 0 NT
Calo rmq 1 0 Portions
Capanahua kaq 1 0 NT
Caquinte cot 1 0 NT
Chamicuro ccc 1 0
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete
English eng 2 0 Complete
Ese Ejja ese 1 0 NT
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete
Greek ell 1 0 Complete
Huachipaeri hug 1 0
Huitoto, Murui huu 1 0 NT
Iquitu iqu 1 0 Portions
Isconahua isc 1 0
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete
Jaqaru jqr 1 0
Jebero jeb 1 0 Portions
Kakataibo-Kashibo cbr 1 0 NT
Kandozi-Chapra cbu 1 0 NT
Kashinawa cbs 1 0 NT
Kukama-Kukamiria cod 1 0 Portions
Kulina cul 1 0 NT
Maijuna ore 1 0 Portions
Mashco Piro cuj 1 1
Matses mcf 1 1 NT
Matsigenka mcb 1 0 NT
Nanti cox 1 0 Portions
Nomatsigenga not 1 0 NT
Ocaina oca 1 0 Portions
Peruvian Sign Language prl 1 0
Pisabo pig 1 1
Quechua, Ambo-Pasco qva 1 0 Portions
Quechua, Arequipa-La Union qxu 1 0 Portions
Quechua, Ayacucho quy 1 0 Complete
Quechua, Cajamarca qvc 1 0 NT
Quechua, Cajatambo North Lima qvl 1 0
Quechua, Chachapoyas quk 1 0
Quechua, Chaupihuaranga qur 1 0
Quechua, Chincha qxc 1 0
Quechua, Chiquian qxa 1 0
Quechua, Corongo Ancash qwa 1 0
Quechua, Cusco quz 1 0 Complete
Quechua, Eastern Apurimac qve 1 0 NT
Quechua, Huallaga qub 1 0 Complete
Quechua, Huamalies-Dos de Mayo Huanuco qvh 1 0 NT
Quechua, Huaylas Ancash qwh 1 0 NT
Quechua, Huaylla Wanca qvw 1 0 NT
Quechua, Jauja Wanca qxw 1 0
Quechua, Lambayeque quf 1 0 NT
Quechua, Margos-Yarowilca-Lauricocha qvm 1 0 NT
Quechua, North Junin qvn 1 0 NT
Quechua, Northern Conchucos Ancash qxn 1 0 NT
Quechua, Pacaraos qvp 1 0
Quechua, Panao qxh 1 0 NT
Quechua, Puno qxp 1 0 Complete
Quechua, San Martin qvs 1 0 NT
Quechua, Santa Ana de Tusi Pasco qxt 1 0
Quechua, Sihuas Ancash qws 1 0
Quechua, Southern Conchucos qxo 1 0 NT
Quechua, Southern Pastaza qup 1 0 NT
Quechua, Yauyos qux 1 0
Quichua, Napo qvo 1 0 NT
Quichua, Northern Pastaza qvz 1 0 NT
Russian rus 1 0 Complete
Secoya sey 1 0 NT
Sharanahua mcd 1 0 NT
Shawi cbt 1 0 NT
Shipibo-Conibo shp 1 0 NT
Spanish spa 9 1 Complete
Spanish, Charapa spq 1 0
Ticuna tca 1 0 NT
Urarina ura 1 0 NT
Wampis hub 1 0 NT
Witoto, Muinani hux 1 0 Portions
Yagua yad 1 0 NT
Yaminahua yaa 3 1 NT
Yanesha ame 1 0 NT
Yine pib 1 0 NT
Yora mts 1 1 Portions
Totals: 93 104 8   57 54 34 60 7

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.4 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 11.1 %)
94.6 %
Ethnic Religions
2.2 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
0.0 %
Non-Religious
2.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.5 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
7.4 %
Roman Catholic
87.0 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Peru. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Peru
  • Christian ministry in Peru
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Peru or Central and South America. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

In Peru Size
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection, Missions Small
Amazon Focus Small
AMG International Large
Baptist International Outreach Medium
BILD International Small
Calvary International Medium
Childcare Worldwide Medium
Christ for the City Medium
Christian and Missionary Alliance Large
Commission to Every Nation Medium
Compassion International Large
Eastern Mennonite Missions Medium
Elim Fellowship Medium
Faith Comes By Hearing Medium
Food for the Hungry Medium
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Global Outreach International Medium
Global Outreach Mission Medium
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Harvest Foundation Small
International Partnership Ministries Medium
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Latin American Indian Ministries Small
Latin Link Medium
Literacy and Evangelism International Small
LOGOI Ministries Small
Luke Society, Incorporated Small
Macedonian World Baptist Missions Medium
Map International Medium
Ministries in Action Small
Mission to the World Medium
Missionary Ventures International Medium
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church World Witness Small
Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship Medium
Ripe for Harvest Incorporated Medium
South American Mission Medium
South American Missionary Society Small
Spanish World Ministries Medium
Team Expansion Medium
TEAR Fund New Zealand Small
Tear Netherlands Small
TearFund Belgium Small
TearFund Switzerland Small
TearFund UK Large
The Brethren Church Medium
The Mission Society Medium
White Fields Medium
Women to the World Small
World Concern Large
World Missions Far Corners Incorporated Large
World-Wide Missions Medium
Wycliffe Bible Translators Large
Peru Statistics
People Groups 104
Unreached People Groups 8  (7.7%)
Population 32,116,000
Population in Unreached 158,000  (0.5%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 11 to 19
Urbanization 78%
Continent South America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Country Code PE
Official National Language Spanish
Secondary National Language Quechua, South Bolivian
Literacy Rate 94%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,927,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 94.6%
Percent Evangelical 11.1%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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