The journey to Lima-Peru began in 2010 at the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission. Celebrating 100 years of progress since Edinburgh 1910, the theme of the consultation was "Making disciples of every people in our generation.
In October of 2012 the heads of state from every Middle Eastern country came to meet with the heads of state of every Latin American country in Lima, Peru. They brought with them thousands of business leaders who pledged to invest billions of dollars into Latin America. In addition to this display of investment power, they also brought their Islamic faith, making a point in the middle of meetings to stop and pray, while cameras broadcasted their piety throughout the continent.
The theme of Lima-Peru 2014 was "Latin America and the Islamic Religion: Great Challenges and Great Opportunities." Previous continental events to equip the Latin church in outreach to Muslims were held in 1996 and 2002, organized by the Third World Mission Association. Both of these events were timely and prophetic, and in many ways predicted what has now come about with regard to the missional and commercial connection between Latin America and the Middle East. Twelve years later, Latin American believers are now poised to make a significant impact on the Muslim world through the dramatic increase of these political and commercial ties between the two regions. Herein lay the great opportunity, but it also presents a challenge. In Peru, God spoke once again to extend the mission to Europe after Asia, Africa and Latin America. This was a great opportunity to wake up the sleeping giant that moved the world over the centuries and carried the gospel of Christ to the known world.