Argentina, with a population exceeding 43 million, is not your stereotypical Latin American country. Most of the Argentines' forefathers arrived on ships coming from Spain and Italy instead of descending from the Aztecs or the Incas. Argentina, described as one of the more developed countries in South America, struggles far less with poverty and lack of education than most of her Latin neighbors. With its rich culture and fast paced lifestyle, the capital city of Buenos Aires is often referred to as the "Paris of the Southern Hemisphere."
BIMI has had a missionary presence in Argentina since 1979. The sprawling city of Buenos Aires' approximate population of 13 million people makes it the second largest metropolitan area in all of Latin America. At this time, we have one missionary family working in Buenos Aires and another family, currently attending the missionary language school in Costa Rica, who will actually arrive in Argentina in 2017.
The other area of Argentina where we currently have a family working is in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán in the northern part of the country. In addition to planting a thriving local church there, our missionaries have also founded a Bible school that is being greatly used of God to prepare not only Argentines for full-time Christian service but also young men and women from several other Latin American countries.
We certainly praise the Lord for these three families, but we still urgently need more missionaries in this country so in need of the Gospel. It is estimated that in Argentina there are more than 30 cities with populations over 100,000 and 50 cities with populations in excess of 50,000 that have no independent Baptist church. Many of these cities have very little Gospel witness of any kind, and in some cases, none at all.
Argentina has one of the largest concentrations of Jewish people living outside of Israel than any other country in the world. Our BIMI family presently serving in Buenos Aires has successfully planted a strong Bible-believing church in the city with a strong emphasis on Jewish evangelism.
In recent years BIMI has conducted large-scale Bible distribution projects in the cities of Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Many thousands of New Testaments were put into the hands of the Argentine people. Ushuaia, located in the region known as Tierra del Fuego (Land of the Fire), is universally known as the "southernmost city in the world." We urgently need someone who will go to this remote city. To our knowledge there is no independent Baptist church in Ushuaia.
Argentina's most critical need can only be met by someone like you. Someone who will go and establish fundamental, independent, Bible-preaching Baptist churches to reach this great, under-evangelized nation.