This is a continuation of a small series on the different cities and towns around Lanús, Argentina, where we are starting Faith Baptist Church. Lanús is located right on the southern border of Buenos Aires. This post is all about Banfield. Banfield is a city in the district of Lomas De Zamora. Banfield is the home to over 223,900 people (this is according to a 2001 census). The city is known for the Banfield fútbol (soccer) club and for the Julián Aguirre Conservatory of Music that was founded in 1951. The city started out from the train that passed through (and still passes through) the area. In fact, Banfield was named after a British man (Edward Banfield) who was in charge of the southern train station. The development of the city began in the late 1800’s.
I have driven through Banfield a few times now. At times you don’t really know when Lanús ends and Banfield begins, nor do you know fully when you have passed through Banfield and entered into Lomas De Zamora. There are parts of Banfield that are nicer than anything I have seen in Lanús. A friend of mine who has lived his whole life in Lanús told me that a lot of the people in Banfield have more money than people in Lanús. This becomes obvious as you drive down the city streets. It seems to me that the further away one goes from Yrigoyen (the main avenue that passes through Avellaneda, Gerli, Lanús, Banfield, Lomas De Zamora and many other cities) the more humble the housing become. In other words the people with “money” (as my friend told me) live close to the big avenue.
I don’t know of a Gospel preaching church in Banfield. In fact, the closest one to banfield will be Faith Baptist Church, which is too far for people to be a part of the church family on a regular basis. Banfield doesn’t just need one church, the city needs at least 4 churches to affectively reach all its inhabitants!
Banfield, just like the other cities we have highlighted, is ripe for starting churches. It is wide open, just waiting on someone to give their lives to help others know Jesus. Pray with me for laborers.