Becoming Peru's tenth mission, the Peru Chiclayo Mission will be organized from the Peru Piura and Peru Trujillo Missions. The new mission will include the two Peruvian regions of Lambayeque and Cajamarca with a combined population of 2.5 million. The realigned Peru Piura Mission will retain the regions of Piura and Tumbes with a combined population of 1.9 million and the realigned Peru Trujillo Mission will retain the regions of Ancash and La Libertad with a combined population of 2.7 million. The Peru Piura Mission was once headquartered in Chiclayo and was known as the Peru Chiclayo Mission until relocated to Piura in the 2000s. The new Peru Chiclayo Mission will have eight stakes and the realigned Peru Piura Mission will have five stakes and two districts and the Peru Trujillo Mission will have 10 stakes and four districts.
Notwithstanding the large number of full-time missions administering Peru's population of 30 million, dozens of cities between 10,000 and 30,000 remain unreached by the LDS Church and many are located in northern Peru in areas affected by the mission realignment. Several previously unreached cities now have groups and full-time missionaries assigned (such as Morropon, Tambo Grande, Huamachuco, and Huarauaos) and additional cities will likely open to missionary work as additional mission resources are allocated to the soon-to-be three missions (such as Bambamarca, Chota, Cutervo, La Arena, and Tambo Grande). Peru's native full-time missionary force more than exceeds the number of full-time LDS missionaries stationed in Peru, which has likely contributed to the announcement of an additional mission. As the number of Peruvian Latter-day Saints serving missions continue to rise, we may see additional missions organized in Peru in locations such as Huancayo, Ica, and Iquitos.
For more information on the Church in Peru and challenges, opportunities, and prospects for growth, visit the Peru country profile.