• Pray for the many abandoned children to find hope and love in their heavenly Father.
• Pray for the unmasking of false teachings in Afro-Brazilian spiritism.
• Pray for convincing demonstrations of God's power in the highly secularized society.
The 3.3 million people of Uruguay in southeastern South America are able to boast one of the highest standards of living in Latin America, a very literate population, and a large urban middle class. Almost all of the people live in urban areas where the influence of their Spanish and Italian ancestors is reflected in the architecture, their social traditions, and the national language – Spanish.
With a long history of independence and democratic governments, Uruguay’s political stability was only interrupted during the 1970-80’s and during a period of economic turmoil earlier in the century. The constitutional republic government has regained its strength and is internationally recognized as an example of liberty.
Uruguay is known as one of the most secular nations in all of Latin America, with very liberal social laws. It is estimated that as many as 17 percent of the people claim to be atheists or agnostic. Almost half of Uruguayans claim to be Catholic, though only 2% regularly attend mass. The nation values its secular mindset, and has even been known to refer to Holy Week as “Tourism Week.” With some of Latin America’s highest rates of suicide, depression, abortion and divorce, many Uruguayans are realizing that the New Age “do it yourself” thinking that has prevailed is not working. Whereas evangelistic work in Uruguay has been slow and painstaking in the past, it is now gaining momentum as churches and ministries focus on the spiritual needs of the people that only Jesus Christ can satisfy.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Uruguay in 1960.
In 1993, the LCMS began mercy work support in Uruguay with a grant to upgrade the sanitation system in a church and school.
The LCMS periodically supports various projects in support of the national Lutheran church in Uruguay. The LCMS partners with a Lutheran congregation in Montevideo, Uruguay, to increase Lutheran outreach and mission.
The LCMS' Recognized Service Organization, Children’s Christian Concern Society, also provides educational scholarships for students and teacher salaries at Lutheran schools in Uruguay.
LCMS Missionaries - Rev. James and Angela Sharp and their children (Source: LCMS.org)