Cusco is a tourist town nestled in the mountains of Peru. Many internationals stop there on their way to visit Machu Picchu, a hugely popular tourist attraction in the Andes mountains of Peru. In Cusco, the people work in agricultural, farming and in tourism, and relatedly, artisan industries. Nearly 800,000 people call Cusco home, of which only 5 per cent follow Jesus as Evangelical Christians. It is into this community that God has called Jorge and Yanet Tinco to do the work of the Kingdom.
Jorge and Yanet have a vision to reach Cusco and surrounding communities with the gospel. To that end, they have established a church in Cusco made up of 6 core leaders, nearly 60 adult members and another 40 children. This core group reaches out to both Cusco and a neighboring community called Tambomachay. Twice a month the team travels to this community providing food and Bible programs for about 35 children. Recently, several of the parents have come to faith in Christ and so that now, Jorge and Yanet meet with them each Saturday providing discipleship and bible training. The goal is to plant a church in Tambomachay with services scheduled to begin in November of 2020. Once a month, the church in Tambomachay will travel approximately 20 minutes to Cusco for a joint service with the Cusco church.
In 2021 the core team plans to reach out to another community called Sangarará which resides about 3 hours south of Cusco. The team will likely utilize a similar strategy in reaching Sangarará as they did in reaching out to Tambomachay.
The Cusco church has been meeting in Cusco, in a small, rented facility that has severely limited their ability to grow. In 2020, they began construction on a new building on a piece of land on the side of the mountain in Cusco. This is a well designed and engineered building in which the team plans to become a base of operations for all of their outreach. The seating capacity is between 90 and 100 in this building and it will have room for children’s and adult ministries. In addition, the new building will allow our Bible Institute to offer classes in Cusco to help develop ministry, mission and leadership among the believers in this community enabling the Kingdom of God to continue to expand.