June 5 is Peru’s presidential runoff election, and this may be the most crucial election in Peru’s recent history.  Ollanta Humala is a socialist and has often been aligned with and supported by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.  And Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who is in prison for corruption and crimes against humanity.   

Peru’s economy has shown tremendous growth in the last six or seven years.  Keiko Fujimori’s economic policies would continue the current economic trend of growth if elected.  Humala, on the other hand, would nationalize many of Peru’s businesses and return the nation to a socialist government which caused so much damage to the economy during Alan Garcia’s first term as president, when he was a socialist.  Garcia, serving his second term fifteen years later, is a capitalist and is as responsible for the economic upturn as he was the economic downturn that began fifteen years ago.

Though there has been tremendous economic growth, most of it has been in the larger cities, and little of it has trickled down into rural Peru.  For that reason, Humala, who promises redistribution of the nation’s wealth, is popular among non-metro voters.  However, history has proven over and over that Robin Hood economics just doesn’t work. 

I can’t overstate the critical nature of this upcoming election.  Please pray for the nation of Peru, and for the people to vote for the continued economic growth of the nation and to reject the socialist agenda of Ollant Humala.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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