Area: 2,780,092 sq km
Latin America’s secondlargest 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
Official language: Spanish Languages: 40 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Deep-seated problems are masked by recent economic and political progress. The nation emerged from its crises with a much wider gap between rich and poor. In the past, the nation prided itself on its egalitarian society, but now as many as 500,000 live in slums in and around Buenos Aires. Two pillars of Argentina, its strong middle class and education system, are under threat. Pray for the countrys decision makers to focus beyond mere economic growth to assisting the most needy and building a solid foundation for the future.
Media ministries for prayer:
a) Literature. EHC, involved in house-by-house distribution since 1958, has covered the country twice. UBS oversees the distribution of literally millions of gospel portions, NTs and Bibles every year.
b) GRN. Recordings are available and have been distributed in 17 indigenous languages and in most immigrant/foreign languages.
c) Radio and television. Christians broadcast all across the country on FM radio stations. Both TWR and HCJB broadcast by satellite, shortwave and FM with coverage for much of the day. Indigenous languages enjoy over 100 hours per week, though no radio programmes in Guarani exist. Television is a growing medium with Christian programmes and stations increasing.
d) Other media. Pray for the Pastors Council in Buenos Aires which has ambitious strategies to evangelize that megacity. The JESUS film, seen by a large proportion of the population, is available in seven indigenous languages. The Internet is used widely, with its great wealth of resources available in Spanish.
For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Argentina.