March 21, 2017

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Adrogué is a city a good 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Lanús, where we will be starting Faith Baptist Church. This city is way too far for us to have any sort of reach for the Gospel. Even so, there is a great need in Adrogué just like there is in each city we have highlighted in this  series of posts about Southern Buenos Aires. Adrogué is much more tranquil, or so I am told. There are songs written about this quaint town. With over 30,000 people living there, I guess Adrogué is larger than a quaint town. The city is known for it’s many cobblestone streets, trees with branches that stretch over the roads, country-style houses, and somewhat of a more laid back lifestyle (in comparison to life in Buenos Aires). Jorge Borges, a famous Argentine writer, wrote about his fond memories of this town…

“Wherever in the world I might sense the smell of Eucalyptus trees, I feel as if I had been taken back to Adrogué. And that is exactly what Adrogué was: a large and quiet maze of streets surrounded by lush trees and country houses, a maze of many peaceful nights that my parents liked to traverse.”

I have never been to Adrogué. Most people I am around don’t speak of the area much. The few that I have heard speak about the city tell me of it’s beauty (with only a few exceptions). Like any city, it also has it’s “bad side of town”. It is not “the place to get away” for the people in Buenos Aires. It is just far enough away from the city to not be disturbed. But with all of this beauty, what could possibly be lacking? Gospel preaching churches, that is what is lacking! Under the lush green trees that hug the city’s streets, behind the doors of country houses, there are people who are in need of the Gospel, and yet a Gospel preaching Baptist church is not located in this city, none that anyone knows about at least. The beauty is only “skin deep”. The need runs much deeper. Pray for Adrogué.


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