I just wanted to share some pictures and some stories with you to talk to you about our work.
Buenos Aires is a city of 16 million people. There are approximately 40 million in the country of Argentina. The people are mostly European in origin, a mix of Spanish, Italian, English, Welsh, Russian, German, and Eastern European. Many of their families moved to Argentina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Regardless of where you and your family are originally from, you are considered Argentine first. There are indigenous peoples as well, but most of these individuals are immigrants from Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and other South American countries. Only 2% of Argentines are indigenous peoples from Argentina.
Currently, there are 16 Churches of Christ (Iglesias de Cristo) in Argentina. The largest has approximately 55 members. That church is la Iglesia de Cristo de Caballito, the church we will be working with. It is located in the heart of the Caballito barrio, which is a middle-class neighborhood in the center of Buenos Aires. It is located right off of the tram line, and it is not far from the Subte (subway), Primera Junta stop on Linea A.
The people of Buenos Aires are friendly and kind, outgoing and personable. They love to talk, and they love to share their opinions (and they have quite a few!)
We are blessed to have the opportunity to work with these people for a year. Pray that God will continue to work in their hearts and lives, drawing individuals closer to him both before we get there and after we arrive. May everything we do be done to the glory of God.