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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

Missions vision is still limited, but interest is growing. At least two Uruguayan mission agencies send workers (Avance and Desafio Mundial). There are active international sending bodies such as OM, YWAM, Baptists and AoG. Pray for the growth in Uruguay to mature into a vibrant missionary-sending movement.

The less-reached:

a) The Jews are concentrated in Montevideo. JAMI has a small witness among them. There is some openness to the gospel.

b) The Chinese and Japanese communities. There is very little ministry.

c) The Palestinians living in several border towns. Desafio Mundial focuses on them.

d) The upper middle-class living along Montevideo’s coast are probably the largest unevangelized group in the country; in their relative affluence, they are isolated from the gospel.

e) The poor are a growing segment of society, even as the middle-class shrinks. Many children are born into poverty. Slums are popping up around the urban areas. CMS runs a shelter for the homeless in Montevideo. Pray that the many new churches would mobilize to reach this needy group.

     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.