Association of Seventh Day Baptists Australia

The beginnings of the Argentinian churches

by Pastor Jose Alegre

Argentina is a large beautiful country in South America. It's population of 37,000,000 people belong, in their majority, to the Catholic Church. Other Evangelical churches are represented in smaller numbers. In spite of its natural resources Argentina has been faced with many social and economic problems.

As Seventh Day Baptists we dreamt of starting a Seventh Day Baptist church as a testimony for the Lord. In 1992 the Lord opened a door to start the work there that we are sure will remain open for His glory. For family reasons (the death of our parents) in that year I went to Argentina for six months, there I came in contact with a family interested in the Seventh Day Baptist doctrine. Soon after a small group of ten adults and seven children began to meet on a regular basis.

On my return to Australia, my prayers were for God to protect and bless this very young work. From the original group 2 families have remained faithful to the Lord, they are the pillars of our present church in Argentina. The new work in Argentina has brought to us many tears, many trials and joy, great joy, in the Lord.

In 1994 I went back to Argentina to start the new work. I knew I should expect struggles and disappointments, but I also knew the Lord's strength was even stronger than me! The Argentinean church began in the suburb called Barriomuero in the western part of the province of Buenos Aires, in the home of Ruben Rodriguez and his wife Isabel (currently it is our branch church).

Principally the work started with home visitations and making new contacts. Officially meetings began in October 1996 in the church presently located at General Acha No 151 Morón, Privincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. The beginnings were difficult because of several factors, social problems, lack of financial resources, and large unemployment. Work began by giving Bible studies and evangelical campaigns. Today our congregation come from varied backgrounds, Baptists, Adventists, Pentecostals and Catholics.