In Focus: Argentina





Most people are Roman Catholic, but  much of the religion is nominal. Please pray for revival.

Name: Argentine Republic

Area: 2,780,092 sq km

Latin America’s second largest country, with a great range of climate, rainfall and topography. The 16,300 sq km Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) are claimed by Argentina but remain under British rule. There is one federal district and 23 provinces.

Population: 40,665,732

Annual Growth: 0.98%

Capital: Buenos Aires

Urbanites: 92.4%

HDI Rank: 49 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples: 61 (2% unreached)

Official language: Spanish

Languages: 40

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 36,306,366 89.28 0.7
Evangelicals 3,710,570 9.1 2.1

Answer to Prayer

The succession of crises – the military dictatorship, the disappearances of dissidents, the failed Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982 and massive economic disaster in 1999-2002 – led the nation into spiritual hunger, drawing them back to God and galvanizing their commitment to justice and democracy.

Challenge for Prayer

Spiritual hunger led to growth. Evangelical numbers, under one million in 1980, reached 3.7 million by 2010. It is no coincidence that this growth was simultaneous to some of Argentina’s most troubled times. Pray that the Spirit will continue to draw many to himself and to do a deep work in believers. But spiritual openness is also seeing many drawn into cults, including Umbanda occultism from Brazil as well as to churches with some questionable teachings.



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