State of the Economy

Argentina has a high-income economy, Latin America’s third largest, and the second largest in South America behind Brazil. The country benefits from rich natural resources, a highly literate population, an export-oriented agricultural sector, and a diversified industrial base. Argentina’s economic performance has historically been very uneven, in which high economic growth alternated with severe recessions, particularly during the late twentieth century, and income maldistribution and poverty increased.

Prayer Points

State of the Church

Behind Argentina’s sophistication and postmodern facade lie intense spiritual struggles for souls. The low-key but widespread influence of the occult (Western and Latin expressions), one of the world’s highest Mormon populations and the growing Muslim population all vie for souls with postmodern agnosticism, hedonistic lifestyles, and Christianity.

Children’s Ministry: We are seeing God transforming lives of children with big needs, especially for love and affection. We are looking for more people to get involved in this ministry.

Soccer ministry: Football in Argentina is the number 1 attended and practiced sport. You will see Argentinians from all generations playing football until midnight on the numerous playing fields which offers great opportunities to share the gospel.

Church MobilisationWe visit churches, prayer groups, youth meetings and other Christian activities like mission conferences etc. to excite people for missions and show how everyone can be involved in practical ways.

Evangelism & Outreaches: Aware of the tremendous size of our country, we do not want to limit the Gospel to our living area. We organize on regular basis outreach to communities and people groups with little to no access to the gospel.

Evangelicals – challenges

Church leadership remains a critical bottleneck in further growth. Leaders who train, disciple and release other leaders into ministry and who minister in the Word and the Spirit are always needed. Pray for those involved in training through seminaries, Bible schools and TEE; there are literally hundreds across the country. Pray also for students who are hindered by lack of finance, facilities or time.

State of the Economy

History & Culture of Argentina

In the 16th century, rumors of silver drew Spanish explorers to southern South America.   They named the land Argentina after the Latin word for silver (argentum).  Silver was never found, but the Spanish stayed, establishing a colony in 1580 at Buenos Aires. The tango, personalities such as Evita Peron and Che Guevara, as well as the invention of the public bus, the ballpoint pen, and the coronary bypass reflect the spirit and ingenuity of the Argentine people.

Argentina gained her independence from Spain in 1816, but it wasn’t until the late 1800’s that a national unity government was in place.  The years that followed were marked by internal political clashes, dictatorships, and military factions fighting for control of the government – even into the late 20th century.  Democracy was finally restored in 1983 and remains to this day.

Most Argentines are Roman Catholic, but only one-fifth of them are practicing. Protestants and other Christian segments are well established, as is the largest Jewish community in South America.  Social, economic, and political difficulties have created a spiritual hunger in Argentina that has drawn many to Christ, but many are also being deceived by cults, the occult, and other non-Christian religions.

Religion in Argentina

Praying for Argentina

Geography

President: Mauricio Macri

Land area: 2,780,092 sq km

Latin America’s second largest country, with a great range of climate, rainfall and topography.

Population: 40,665,732

Capital: Buenos Aires

Official language: Spanish

Languages: 40

History & Culture

Prayer Points

  • Pray for perseverance for believers, that neither laws of man nor threats of violence deter them from sharing the gospel.
  • Pray for Jesus to be made known among unreached peoples in hard-to-access locations.
  • Pray for biblical training and Christlikeness for a rising generation of church leaders.
  • Pray for the Living God to restore those devastated by the earthquakes. (25.4.15)
  • “If you come to Nepal, you will see many similarities between the church in Nepal and the first century church as described in the Book of Acts — in the religious life of the people, how the church is being persecuted, the excitement of the believers, how the power of God is being demonstrated through healings, exorcisms,” Shrestha said.

 

There is a church planted in every one of the 75 districts of Nepal, and there are at least some believers in almost every people and caste group.

“There are more temples than houses and more gods than people.”

The Church in Nepal

The Christian Church has existed in Nepal for only 50 years, although attempts were made to bring the Word of God to Nepal in the 19th Century. William Carey translated the New Testament into Nepali in 1821, and the whole Bible was finally translated in 1914. The Church there owes much to Nepali and expatriate Christians who prayed and witnessed in India before Nepal was opened up.

They then entered the country as the nucleus of an indigenous Church in the hands of Nepalis from the start. Indian Christians also came to Nepal as missionaries, and still do. Nepali former soldiers converted while in the Indian and British Armies have played a significant part too. Some of the first Christians were imprisoned for their faith, which led to more conversions in prison.

The Church in Nepal has grown steadily, and by some estimates, evangelical Christians are now almost 3% of the population.

Christian leaders estimate the number of Christians at approximately 800,000. Press reports indicate that around 200 Christian churches operate in Kathmandu alone.

 

Largest Religion: Hinduism

 

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Buddhists 6,164,900 9.05
Evangelicals 850,801 2.9 5.3
Hindus 22,392,497 75.01

Prayer Points

More about Nepal

Isolation and a long-ruling monarchy have contributed to Nepal being one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. It is estimated that 25% to 40% of the Nepalese people live below the poverty line.  Most of Nepal’s people are subsistence farmers where geographic, environmental, and political factors have impacted the growth of agriculture as well as industry.

Nepal ended its long line of monarchies by becoming a republic in 2008, yet political instability, civil strife, and labor problems continue.

As the world’s last remaining Hindu kingdom, over 80% of the Nepalese people are Hindu.  Buddhists comprise around ten percent of the population.

Freedom of religion is guaranteed by law, but only in limited measures. Non-Hindus cannot proselytize. If they do, they risk fines, imprisonment and, in the case of expatriates, expulsion. Despite this law, the Church in Nepal grows because of courageous evangelism. Hindu fundamentalists, as well as Maoists, often single out Christians; their non-violent nature and connections to the West make them soft targets.

 The Church in Nepal

Praying for Nepal

Geography

President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Land area: 147,181 sq km

A mountainous Himalayan state between China (Tibet) and India. It contains 8 of the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world.

Population: 29,852,682

Major People Groups: 92% Bantu, 2% Cushitic

Capital: Kathmandu

Official language: Nepali

Languages: 127

More about Nepal

Prayer Requests regarding Nepal from our Friends Gill & Benji

Hi Alberto, Thanks for your mail. We do hope all is well with you and the family.
Benji has been going to Myagdi District in Western Nepal for many years. This is to teach at a yearly conference. To reach there you have to fly to Katmandu in Eastern Nepal, take a plane to Pokhara in Western Nepal, take a bus to the closest major town (Beni) then a jeep for 25kms which takes 2 hours as the road is so rough. After that most of the villages have to be reached by foot.
Please pray for a group of churches in that area that are functioning as assemblies.
Pray for wisdom and jeep for the elders and  leaders. Pray for the education of the children, and that they well continue in the Lord. Pray that the local and central government will not be severe on Christians, but at the same time be able to keep spurious cults out of the country.
Especially pray for  Lal P. as he  is an evangelist and church planter at the same time is a health worker, very much needed in the remote group of villages where he lives. The church meets in his house. He especially needs prayer as he is trying to pass his final high school   exams so that he can take the government health worker course, as they are not accepting the course that we sent him to in India. He has 5 children, one girl being profoundly deaf.
We slept in his house when we visited after the earthquake. His house had miraculously not been affected.  All night long the wind whistled through the stone walls, and rats ran about eating the stored grain. We passed on a gift to fortify the walls and keep out unwanted varmints.
Trust all is well at South Park. Please give them all our love. We miss you all.
Gill and Benji