About The Missionary

Indiana, Peru, a tiny village, began as a Franciscan mission. It is located deep in the Amazon rainforest on the banks of the Amazon River and is the capital of the Indiana District in the Maynas Province of Peru.

Brother Carlos, his wife Anna, along with their children, arrived in Indiana, Peru on May 21, 2006. They were strangers to the people of this village and spent much of their time getting acquainted with the people and the area. At first, they lived in the church until another IPM missionary helped them to find a small house that they could rent where they currently resid

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  • Update: Rubio Family serving in Peruvian Amazon region - August 22, 2023

  • About The Field:

    Peru, located on the western coast of South America, grapples with a spectrum of economic and social challenges influenced by its diverse geography, historical complexities, and cultural heritage.

    Economically, Peru has experienced notable growth, driven by industries such as mining, agriculture, and services. However, challenges include income inequality, particularly between urban and rural areas, and vulnerability to fluctuations in global commodity prices, particularly in the mining sector. Informality in the labor market is also a significant economic issue.

    Social challenges in Peru are diverse and impactful. Access to quality education remains a concern, with disparities in educational resources and infrastructure, especially in remote areas. Healthcare accessibility and affordability pose challenges, leading to disparities in health outcomes, particularly in marginalized communities.

    The historical and cultural fabric of Peru is deeply intertwined with its indigenous heritage and the influence of Catholicism. The majority of the population practices Roman Catholicism, and indigenous traditions are often fused with religious practices. The historical legacy of the Inca Empire adds a layer of cultural richness to the country.

    Peru’s diverse ethnic composition, including indigenous communities, contributes to the nation’s cultural mosaic but also brings challenges related to social inclusion and representation. Issues of discrimination and marginalization persist, particularly affecting indigenous and rural populations.

    Geopolitically, Peru faces challenges related to environmental conservation, particularly in the Amazon rainforest, where economic interests, conservation efforts, and the rights of indigenous communities often intersect.