We returned to Peru in February
2001after Home Leave. In 2002 Billís mum became seriously ill, so we went
back to England twice. During our absences the projects continued, with the
help of other missionaries and 3 short-termers.
After Billís mum passed away and his dad, aged 89 was safely settled,
we returned to Peru. We then decided to delay Home Assignment until July 2004
in order to give us a settled period to build up the work.
PERU - POLITICAL & ECONOMIC
Ė during the period 2000-2001, there was political upheaval when Peruís
president, Fujimori tried to manipulate the voting system and maintain power. After demonstrations and revelations through videos he fled
the country, along with several other powerful political figures.
Those who failed to flee or who were later extradited have been
imprisoned or await trial for various offences.
President Toledo was then fairly elected and continues as president,
but with a very low popularity rating. Most
feel the economy is not improving and there is increasing unrest. People tell
us they are finding it even more difficult to earn a living.
SANTA CRUZ Ė On our return in
2001 we continued the work begun in 1998, with the proviso that the local
church provide workers when the short-termers left.
This they were unable to do. This, plus the fact the church was in
dispute about the feeding part of the programme, over which we had no
authority, meant our work finished when the short-termers left.
We maintain contact with the church, which now seems to be growing
again but without the feeding programme.