Uruguay

Although Uruguay has European ancestry, as most people are from a Spanish or Italian background, the country is still among the least evangelized in Latin America. Boarding the South Atlantic Ocean between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay has a population of approximately 3.3 million. In recent years the country has experienced numerous devastations, including hail storms and flash floods, which have caused damage to crops and livestock. After a period of financial crisis, the country's economy currently is growing stronger.

What we do:

  • Teen & Youth Ministry: TeenStreet Uruguay is a yearly event for teenagers who would like to deepen their relationship with Christ. About 200 teenagers from Uruguay and Paraguay come to Montevideo for one week to have fellowship with each other, talk, and hear about Jesus.
  • Bookstore: Our bookstore serves as a means to not only encourage the church, but also to help the church to grow, personally and in number; we bring several books with us when we travel to churches, for those in the congregation who are interested in the material. Not only do the materials help believers to grow mentally and spiritually, but they are also a great tool to help them evangelize those around them.
  • Mobilizing: We encourage the local church by visiting them, offering assistance, and offering training in the areas of leadership, evangelism, discipleship and missions.

How you can get involved:

  • PRAY:
    • Finances for the missionaries and the ministries of OM
    • For a more mission oriented vision in the local church
    • For more missionaries from Uruguay going to the ends of the earth
  • Give — Give here (http://www.om.org/en/give) to help support the work of OM in  Uruguay.
  • GO — See the job opportunities listed at http://www.om.org/en/opportunities. Contact us at: info.uy@om.org

More information about  Uruguay.

  • Population: Population: 3, 372,222    Annual Growth: 0.28%, Area: 176,215 sq km, Capital: Montevideo.
  • Official language: Spanish
  • State of Economy: The economy of Uruguay is characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector and a well-educated work force, along with high levels of social spending. After a period of solid economic growth in the beginning of the 21st century the financial crisis in 2008/2009 put a brake on Uruguay's vigorous growth. Nevertheless, the country managed to avoid a recession and keep positive growth rates, mainly through higher public expenditure and investment, and GDP growth exceeded 7% in 2010.
  • Religious make-up: 64.69% Christians; 6.2% Evangelical
  • State of the church: The gospel still hasn’t reached all people in Uruguay and a lot of work is still to be done. Despite being a mainly Christian country, a large part of the population now declares themselves as non-religious, either as Atheists or Agnostics.