The City of Cusco

Cusco Skyline

The city of Cusco is located in the Andes mountains of southern Peru just 50 miles from the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the new wonders of the world. It is the cultural and touristic center of the country and is a location vital to the growth of the Kingdom in South America. Home to approximately 500,000 people within the city and 1.2 million in the region, Cusco is rich in history, culture, and geographic beauty but lacking in the presence of the church. Yet, while the population has tripled in the last 20 years and continues to grow, less than 200 New Testament Christians live in Cusco today. Additionally, over 2 million tourists from across the world visit Machu Picchu every year and stay in Cusco during their visit. With the world literally coming to Cusco, this provides an incredible opportunity to plant seeds that could be carried throughout the world. For these reasons, Cusco is considered by one missions professor in the church to be one of the most critical mission points in all of South America.

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