I am not sure how much of the news in Cusco has reached England, but I thought I would bring it to your attention and ask you for prayer. My friend sent out a good brief description of whats happening, so I am going to use that (Just to say, I am not in Cusco):
The area around Cuzco and Macchu Picchu in Peru has been hit badly by rain, floods and mud slides during this week.
Thankfully there have been very few fatalities, but the current guess is that 10,000 people have lost their homes. Macchu Picchu is a major tourist attraction in South America- google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about! At the moment it is completely cut off from everything, apart from by helicopter. Over 2000 tourists have been stranded there since Monday, and there are still about 800 there now that need helicoptering out. It is estimated that it will take 1 month to get the road and rail links to Cuzco and Macchu Picchu repaired. In the meantime, these places are somewhat cut off, apart from by air. Now is summer in Peru, and so key tourist time. The loss of the income from tourism for this month will be huge. Food and water are available, but more expensive than normal, and in fairly short supply.