Uruguay is located between Brazil and Argentina with a population of over 3,340,000. Over half of the people of Uruguay (176,215 sq.km.) live in Montevideo, the capital city. The official language is Spanish with a literacy rate of over 97 percent. Uruguay was formerly a colony of Spain before gaining its independence in 1828. Since 1918 there has been a strong separation of church and state with no legal preference given to any religion. Religion does not play a strong part in the lives of most Uruguayans.
The first Grace Ministries International missionaries to Uruguay were Arnie and Sally Selfors who began the ministry in 1982. In the late 1990s GMI turned over the ministries to the national Grace Bible Church of Uruguay. Missionaries have worked with the national church since that time but there is no missionary presence in the country at this time. GMI continues to work closely with the national church.
Talo Vergara, a member of the church in Uruguay, graduated from Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University) in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2004 and is serving as a missionary under GMI in Bolivia. The Lord has provided strong leaders for the church.
There aren’t any missionaries in Uruguay right now, but stay tuned!