- POPULATION: 41.7 Million
- RELIGION: 2% Protestant
- KNOWN FOR: Asado y locro, polo, tango, cinema
- LAM PRESENCE SINCE: 1921
Though officially launched in Costa Rica in 1921, Latin America Mission was a dream first born in Argentina, where founders Harry and Susan Strachan had already been serving as missionaries for two decades. Today, the LAM community in Argentina encompasses work in evangelism, publishing, theological education, social work and economic development.
Argentina is the second-largest country in Latin America, stretching down along South America's southern half. Its sophisticated, metropolitan capital of Buenos Aires contrasts with the vast swaths of rich farmland that support Argentina's large livestock industry. Unlike most of Latin America, whose culture is heavily influenced by centuries of Spanish colonial rule, Argentina has a distinct European heritage shaped by large waves of immigrants from Italy, Spain, France and Germany.
Argentina is largely nominal Roman Catholic and has a miniscule Protestant population. Associated with tango and other passionate pursuits, Argentina also has a thriving film industry and is known as a global soccer power — though the national sport is actually pato, a a slightly obscure cross between polo and basketball.
Following a 1976 military coup, a right-wing military dictatorship ruled the country for the next 15 years. During that time, more than 10,000 people vanished or were allegedly killed by government operatives. Democracy returned in 1983 and has remained, even in the face of economic and political instability, most recently following an economic crisis in 2001. The country's economy has rebounded significantly since then, though nearly a third of Argentinians still live below the poverty line.
Interested in serving with us in Argentina?