I have written a few posts about different cities in Argentina. This time around, I want to take just a moment and focus in on Mendoza.
Mendoza is located on the eastern side of the Andes, close to the border of Chile. The city is 1050km (652 miles) west of Buenos Aires and 340km (211 miles) northwest of Santiago (Chile), just to the east of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. It has a desert like climate, with highs in the summer around 90ºF and lows in the winter around 35ºF. Most precipitation in Mendoza falls in the summer months (November–March). The city’s five central plazas are arranged like the five-roll on a die, with Plaza Independencia in the middle and four smaller plazas lying two blocks from each of its corners. All over the country (and in much of the world), the name Mendoza is synonymous with wine, especially with the area’s more than 1,000 vineyards!
These things are what make Mendoza what it is, but not what it should be! The population of Mendoza is 1.8 million people! The world looks at the attractions, but I believe we, as believers, should see the city for its people! The need in Mendoza is not rain (contrary to what some of the locals think). The need is a clear understanding of who Jesus is, how He has purchased salvation for us, and how to become one of His! Pray for Mendoza, that “wine country” would become saturated with the Gospel!
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