At the 2018 General Assembly World Missions service, World Missions leaders, Director Dr. David Griffis and Assistant Director Dr. M. Thomas Propes, announced three new cities have been added to the Send the Light to the Cities project. With the achieved success in the previous targeted cities, the expansion will bring increased possibilities for evangelization, discipleship, and education among those who desperately need the Light of Jesus Christ.

Accommodating a population of 2.89 million, Buenos Aires (which, in English, literally means Good Airs) is the capital of Argentina. She is the most visited city in South America and has a sanitation system ranked as one the most advanced of the cities of the world, which has greatly diminished the death rate by providing exceptionally clean water. Most of the population is of European descent, specifically Italian and Spanish, but also has the largest Jewish community in Latin America. The country in general has been a major recipient of millions of immigrants from all over the world in the last 150 years, making it one of the most diverse cities of the Americas. Amazingly, football is a passion for the Argentines; Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of football teams of any city in the world (no fewer than 24 professional football teams).

The largest religion in Buenos Aires is Roman Catholicism, adherents numbering approximately 73 percent. The Portenos (citizens) are among the best-educated in the world. The University of Buenos Aires has produced five Nobel Prize recipients.

The Church of God was established in 1918 with two mission stations, but the work soon came to naught. In 1940, J.H. Ingram visited Marcos Mazzucco in Buenos Aires, an Italian minister who had founded 11 churches named the Evangelical Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. All the churches agreed unanimously to join the Church of God. Under Mazzucco’s supervision, the work became the leading Pentecostal witness in Argentina. Today, the Church of God has 630 churches and 39,015 members.

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