Last week I went on a very quick (one full day) survey trip to Argentina’s second largest city, Córdoba. The reason behind the trip was that we had missionaries Raleigh and Cassie Hill here on their survey trip. They wanted to see a few different cities. The original plan was for them to see Buenos Aires, La Plata, Córdoba, and Mar Del Plata. Unfortunately, their trip was cut short due to Hurricane Irma, so we were not able to make it to Mar Del Plata, but we did see Córdoba.
Before arriving, I knew one thing about Córdoba. Anyone I have ever spoken to about Argentina’s many cities, everyone agrees that Córdoba is beautiful! This is includes friends, taxi drivers, folks in Faith Baptist Church, everyone agrees, it is a very beautiful area. So I knew that we were in for a treat.
Córdoba is 8 hours away from our home. The landscape is very different from Buenos Aires. It felt much more like America’s southwestern states (Arizona and New Mexico come to mind). It also includes beautiful sierra mountains to the west of the city. Although it is a very big city, an estimated 1.5 million people live in Córdoba and surrounding areas, it still seemed to have a bit of a small feel, especially considering our church is in greater Buenos Aires. It didn’t take long to get from the city’s center to the outskirts.
We met with veteran Missionary Ernie Mason and learned a little about the city. Here are a few things we learned…
- There are 6 Independent Baptist Churches in the city.
- South of the river/canal that does through the city, their is only one Independent Baptist Church in the city limits.
- There are two primary areas that we drove through that do not have a Baptist church (that we could find or that missionary Mason knows about), the southwest portion of the city and the northeast portion of the city.
Córdoba is in need of more Gospel-preaching churches. Pray for this needy city and the many other cities and towns in Argentina!