Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Las Iglesias de Cristo en Argentina
Thank you to the Northside Church in Wichita for hosting us this last Sunday. We had a great time talking about our ministry and tying it into their overall ministry in Buenos Aires. For those of you who don't know, Northside has agreed to be our sponsoring congregation and we are excited to have them partner with us.
This is a picture of la Iglesia de Cristo de Caballito, the church that we will be working with in Buenos Aires. Caballito is a barrio in Buenos Aires that is considered quiet and middle class, but it is smack dab in the heart of the city. It has a huge park in the middle of the barrio, and it is right off the Subte line A.
Argentina is a country of almost 41 millions souls. Currently there are only 16 Churches of Christ in the whole country. Buenos Aires is a city of 16 million. There are two churches in the whole city, and 8 more in the suburb cities surrounding BA. We have a LOT of work to do to help expand God's Kingdom. (See this map for more information about these churches and their locations.)
One of the greatest resources being put together for the Churches of Christ in Argentina is IBICA (Instituto Biblico de las Iglesias de Cristo en la Argentina) will be a training program designed to help men transition into church planters while working full-time as hospital chaplains. IBICA, modeled on the school in Quito, will help turn out the next generation of church leaders, ministers, and elders. Currently there are only 10 full-time ministers in the whole country; IBICA hopes to change those statistics in order to help the church grow.
God is doing great things in Buenos Aires. We are excited to be a part. Keep us in your prayers. P_ray for:
1. Fundraising: That God will raise up the funds that we need
2. Training: Continued diligence in getting our training done
3. Language acquisition: That God will make us learn Spanish quickly before we leave and after we arrive.
Thanks for all of your prayers! God bless all of you!