We will be starting Faith Baptist Church in Lanús in just a few weeks. I wrote a blog about Lanús on June 25, 2014 (click here). It was a part of a series that I was doing on some of the largest cities in Argentina. I had no idea that is where we would be starting a church, although I have had a burden for that general area after visiting Argentina in March 2014. Lanús is pronounced “la” (as in “lot”)-“nus” (as in noose) with the emphasis on the “nus” portion.
A Few Interesting Statistics
- Lanús is located on the southern boarder of Buenos Aires. While it is it’s own city, it is also a part of the conglomeration of cities that make up greater Buenos Aires.
- The population density of Lanús partido (county) is among the highest of the counties in Gran Buenos Aires. On top of that, the city is growing.
- The city is divided by the major avenue, Hipólito Yrigoyen, into Lanús East and Lanús West.
- The latest population I can find is from a 2001 census which has the population at just over 212,000.
In Lanús, you are in a heavily populated area. The surrounding cities, Avellaneda, Gerli, Remedios de Escalada, Banfield, Lomas de Zamora are stacked on top of each other and you are not totally sure where one ends and the other begins. Lanús (as well as the other surrounding cities) is heavily travelled daily to and from Buenos Aires. All of the cities are wide open for church planting.
Our goal is not to build the biggest church in Lanús but to start churches and train men who can start churches in all of these cities and in the cities surrounding the cities as well as in Buenos Aires proper. In a 10 km radius of Lanús there is just under 2.5 million people*! This area is wide open and Lanús is where it will all start for us.
*population found on freemaptools.com