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Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Latin America

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Area: 176,215 sq km

Located between Brazil and Argentina on the east bank of the River Plate estuary.

Population: 3,372,222    Annual Growth: 0.28%

Capital: Montevideo

Urbanites: 92.5%

HDI Rank: 50 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 30 (3% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish    Languages: 12 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Challenges for Prayer

Uruguayan society has been characterized by secularism and hope in man for over 100 years. The Catholic Church espoused liberation theology and failed to attend to the spiritual needs of Uruguayans. Catholicism may lay claim to 55% of the population, but only 2.3% attend Mass. Most Catholics are, in practice, non-religious. Such godlessness has in turn led to some of the highest rates of depression, suicide, abortion and divorce in Latin America. Pray for the Lord, through His Church, to radically transform Uruguayan society for His glory.

Christian support ministries.

a) Literature is a vital Christian ministry in this highly literate land. CLC has a ministry through its bookstore and a countrywide bookmobile ministry. IMB and The Bible Society have an extensive literature and Bible distribution ministry. Pray that the written Word may make a lasting impact.

b) Radio and TV. With the rise of community radio, evangelical radio is rapidly multiplying. More than 100 local congregations started radio ministries, but the passing of a new community radio law means these will need to obtain licences or stop broadcasting. The Evangelical Armenian Church has a TV ministry that is also having some impact in Uruguay.

     For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Uruguay.