Tomorrow is a big day here in Peru and we’d like to ask your prayers for the country of Peru. Tomorrow is the Presidential election. Peru is a democracy and does have a President and a Congress, like the States. Unlike the States, everyone here must vote or they need to pay a fine. And they must travel back to the district where they were born, unless they want to pay and then wait quite awhile to get it changed. In order to ensure that people vote tomorrow, all religious ceremonies are illegal today and tomorrow morning. So, no church for us tomorrow morning, although tomorrow evening is fine. Many stores and restaurants are closed as well tomorrow.
A few months ago, everyone voted in the primaries – which narrowed it down from many candidates to just two. The last two are Keiko and Ollanta:
Keiko is actually the daughter of the Peruvian president, Fujimori, who was president from 1990-2000. She worked alongside her father, but honestly, I’m not sure what all she did with him. Some people want to vote for her because they loved her father; some people do not want to vote for her because they don’t know her, just her father.
Ollanta is like the epitomy of a Peruvian man. He looks, talks, and walks Peruvian. He’s like a champion for the poor. Many people want him because he says he’s going to do a lot to get the poor money. In reality, he has very obvious ties to Venezuela and Chavez and some of his plans for Peru very well might destroy this country and all they have tried to achieve for so many years. There are many rumors about what Ollanta may or may not do if he gets elected. There is no use speculating about it here because we don’t know what would actually happen and, obviously, nothing has happened yet.
We’d like to ask you to pray for a couple of things specifically:
- Pray for the safety of our friends as they go to vote tomorrow. Some of our friends need to go to districts that aren’t exactly safe. As one of them said, “It’s never a good idea when you get a bunch of people from Callao all together and tomorrow, all the people of Callao will be all together all day!”
- Pray for the Lord’s will to be done in this election. We all know that some of the closed countries in this world are also the countries with the strongest underground churches. Therefore, what we may deem as “the better option” may very well NOT be in God’s eyes.