Why Argentina?

  • Based on land mass Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world.
  • In Latin America, they are the third largest stimulator of the economy.
  • The hottest and coldest temperatures in South America have been recorded in Argentina.
  • Ushuaia of Argentina is the southernmost city in the world.
  • Argentina has been home to multiple discoveries of gigantic dinosaurs, including the Giganotosaurus, which was one of the biggest land carnivores ever to roam the planet, and the Argentinosaurus, which was believed to have been as large as 125 feet (38 m) in length and weighed 75,000 kg (160,000 lbs).
  • The Andes Mountains form a great wall along Argentina’s western border with Chile. They are the world’s second highest mountain range, behind only the Himalayas.
  • It also has the highest and lowest elevations in the western hemisphere. Santa Cruz is a southern province of Argentina and is part of the expansive Patagonia region of South America. Laguna del Carbón is a salt lake located in Santa Cruz, and at 105 meters (344 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest point in South America. Further north in the Andes is the highest point in South America, the Aconcagua. Located in the Mendoza province, it is the tallest mountain in both North and South America, measuring upwards of 6,962 meters (22,841.2 ft). It is considered a non-technical climb, and because of its height, many mountaineers consider it the highest non-technical climb on Earth.
  • At its mouth, Argentina’s Rio de la Plata is an amazing 124 miles (200 km) wide, making it the widest river in the world, although some consider it more of an estuary.
  • Buenos Aires is the second largest city in South America, after São Paulo, Brazil and the fourth biggest city on earth.
  • “9 de Julio Avenue” is the world’s widest avenue with 14 lanes, plus 4 lanes of parallel streets.
  • Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of theatres in the world.
  • Argentina is known as one of the highest literary countries in the world, and prides itself in producing highly literate citizens that can easily maneuver around and succeed in the global business world.
  • There were 5 presidents in 10 days in Argentina in 2001.
  • Pope Francis, the current and 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, is a native of Argentina and the first non-European chosen to serve in that office. He once worked as a bar bouncer in Buenos Aires.
  • Argentina’s workforce is 40% female, and women also hold over 30% of Argentina’s congressional seats.
  • In Lionel Messi’s hometown Rosario, Argentina, the government officials have banned parents from naming their children “Messi” to avoid mass confusion.
  • Argentina’s retired soccer legend Diego Maradona has his own religion made up by his fans.
  • The second highest rate of anorexia is found in Argentina, after Japan, and 1 out of every 8 patients being treated is male.
  • At least one in 30 Argentines have undergone cosmetic surgery.
  • Argentina was the first country in Latin or South America to legalize same-sex marriage, in 2010.
  • Argentina is said to possess the highest infidelity rate in all South America. Divorce has been legal in the country since 1987, and now the country holds the highest divorce rate as well.
  • This may explain why they have per capita more psychologists than any other country in the world.

Among the interesting historical facts and geographical superlatives, lie troubling and dark trends within the Argentine culture. This South American society reflects well the polarity of dignity and depravity that is present within us all. Some of the best and worst of human nature has played out in Argentina’s history.

According to Operation World, “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.”

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” Matthew 28:19.

One of the farthest places someone could travel from where Jesus was when he commissioned his disciples is Argentina. Their high literacy rate and immense regard for continuing education make them an ideal contributor to a greater voice for Latin America within God’s kingdom. Their recognition of deeper relational needs, broken relationships, and a long history of political mistrust make them exceptionally ripe for receiving God’s grace and hope through Christ. They long for a transformation they will never find in psychoanalysis, cosmetic surgery, economic policy, or sports heroes.

Argentinians are desperate for spiritual awaking, but have very few people teaching them the word of God. There is an urgent need for evangelists and disciplers to share the hope of Jesus Christ. Would you join us in seeing the church multiply and advance theologically and ministerially in Latin America through Argentina for a greater voice in God’s Kingdom.

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