Pray for Our World: Uruguay

Uruguay is located between Brazil and Argentina.  The economy has a high standard of living for Latin America, but with a costly and extensive welfare system and inflation.  It is also the most secular state in South America, and the godlessness has in turn led to some of the highest rates of depression, suicide, abortion and divorce in Latin America.

However, spirituality and evangelical growth have been increasing in recent years, as they are discovering that something has been missing from their secular lives.  Pray that missions and churches will be responsive to this discovery and will help fill the void with Christ’s love and forgiveness for all.

Pray for Our World: Mexico

Contrary to what one may think about the land in Mexico, only 10% is arable land.  Mexico has a wide range of topography from rainforests to volcanic plateaus and mountains.  It is also diverse in people groups from Mestizo (Mexican/Amerindian/Spanish) to Euro-American and Amerindian.  The once-sophisticated Aztec Empire was destroyed by the Spanish and smallpox in the early 16th century.  Much of its northern territories were lost to the US in the 19th century.  Today much of the country is plagued with drug trade.  The US shares a responsibility for much of that with our insatiable drug habit.

The Catholic church (Vatican) broke away from the Mexican government for 130 years before reconciling again in the 1990’s.  Pray that the churches in Mexico will unite and become strong in their fight against injustice, poverty, and evil that plagues much of the country.

Pray for Our World: Bolivia

Bolivia is only one of two landlocked countries in the Americas.  It is on the southwest side of Brazil.  Once it was South America’s richest area, but corrupt governments and the fall of silver prices have made it one of the poorest.  They gained their independence from Spain in 1825 but have had 200 coups and revolutions since then.  Most of the economy is agriculture but about 70% illegally grow the coca plant used in cocaine.

The church and the people are in crisis here.  Most are baptized Catholic but are practicing Christo-pagans or animists.  Christo-pagans combine Christian and witchcraft together.  Animism is the religious belief that all objects, places and creatures possess a distinct spiritual soul or essence.  The young people are rarely ministered to, even though over two-thirds of the population is under the age of 30.  Up to 75% of Bolivia’s children are raised in poverty and malnutrition.  Many are homeless, many of the boys use drugs and many of the girls have been sexually abused.

Please pray for these children and for the missionaries who minister here.  More missionaries and resources are needed.  The people are responsive to it, as the number of evangelicals and church growth has been increasing.  People want hope, they just need to be shown the way.

Pray for Our World: Argentina

Argentina has an interesting history.  It is the second largest country in Latin America with a varied range of climate and topography.  It went from being one of the world’s richest countries in 1900 to an almost total economic meltdown in the 1970’s, due to inept governments.  Since 1983, there has been a large-scale evangelism renewal thanks to Argentinean evangelists, missionaries and Christian leaders.  The country is a majority Christian Protestant, but it has begun to have one of the world’s highest Mormon populations.  Mormonism is silently expanding in large numbers in Latin American countries.  Buenos Aires also has one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, as Argentina was a haven for Jews after World War II.  There are many Messianic assembles there as well.

Pray for the continuation of Christian missionaries, evangelists and leaders in Argentina who help spread the Gospel of Jesus to our world.