Population: 40.6 million (2010)
Capital: Buenos Aires
Official language: Spanish
Main religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Asociación Bíblica Universitaria Argentina (ABUA)
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.
- 47 public state-run and about 44 private universities, ABUA groups in 10
- 1 part-time worker, 2 non-national missionaries, 5 volunteers, and 20 committed graduates who support the ministry
- high-school ministry in 2 cities
- largest group, 40 in Córdoba; smallest group, 3 in Resistencia
ABUA 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 movement is grateful to God for the recent nomination of a new General Secretary, Carlos Yabraian, as well as four new volunteers. The biggest challenge at the moment is covering the 2014 budget 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. Their aim is also to expand the work in three cities, and to consolidate the work in a further five.
A view from the inside
Beatriz Buono is a member of the ABUA 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.’
- 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 about missions.