IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Argentina

Churches have grown phenomenally in Latin America but societies battling with poverty, corruption and injustice are largely yet to be transformed by kingdom values. In this context, indigenous IFES movements are reaching students with the gospel and producing godly men and women who will influence their nations for Jesus.

Argentina is the second largest country in Latin America and includes desert, grasslands, rainforest, mountains, lakes and seas. University and tertiary education is mostly free and is considered to be of high quality; about 85% of the population are literate.

In general, the Christian church is well accepted, but in some provinces there are still tensions between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

ABUB has seen the growth of a new generation of gifted student leaders from all over the country who are committed to its vision. New students are joining who are eager to study the bible. They hope in the years to come to produce more books written by Argentinians that are relevant to the development of young professionals and leaders in the church.

The biggest challenge at the moment is finding a new general secretary, and increasing the number of staff and volunteers. They would like to expand the work in Buenos Aires where there are more than a million students, and to have a greater impact on all educational institutions.

A view from the inside

Beatriz Buono is a member of the ABUB board. ‘I came to know Jesus at university and was mentored through ABUA. I’ve always been enthusiastic about seeing young people committed to the cause of Christ.

‘I’m inspired by both 2 Timothy 1:7 (“God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline”) and John 10:10, which reminds us that Jesus came to give us life in abundance.

‘I get excited by studying the bible with others and using methods that promote discussion and application to life issues. I rejoice to be part of a family whose mission is to plant leaders of influence in churches, educational institutes and throughout society.’

Please pray:

  • for students to remain faithful, to know and share the abundant life in Christ;
  • for students and graduates to invest their life and resources in serving Jesus;
  • for a greater excitement around missions.