Today, January 18, 2011 marks 476 years since the founding of Lima. The city was founded by Francisco Pizzaro and his Spanish conquistadors. It was originally named "The City of the Kings." The city has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings as a desert fortification. It is now the fifth largest city in South America and the 18th largest city on earth. In 2010 the city grew by more than 130,000 people and the population will soon reach 9 million. (Even more if you count the surrounding areas.) Nearly a third of Peru's population live in this one city.
For missionaries, Lima is an exciting place to live. There are always opportunities to share God's love with this growing people group.