By Nate Gaffney, OGTC Intern
Argentina has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases since the initial lockdown of their borders. This increase has caused them to extend their quarantine protocols for the third time. While many other Latin American nations have reopened or plan to reopen their borders to international travel by October 1st, Argentina remains closed.
Due to the lockdown, Argentina has faced its largest economic dip in recent history. Bloomberg has reported that the Argentine economy has dropped 16.2% in its second quarter. Tourism, an economy that contributed 10% to the Argentine GDP, is virtually nonexistent. What does this mean for the people of Argentina? Times are continually getting tougher. The people are carrying the weight of Argentina’s crumbling financial state as foreign companies that fuel the economy continue to flee. But the situation is far worse.
Nearly 45.3 million people live in Argentina today. Eighty percent of the population claim to be Catholic, Protestants make up about 5 percent, and small minorities of Muslims and Jews account for the rest. There is a financial crisis in Argentina, but it is nothing like the persistent spiritual danger many face today. Borders are not only closed to tourists, but also to missionaries who would share the gospel with the lost of Argentina.
Now, you may ask, what can I do? Matthew 9:37-38 says, “Then saith he (Jesus) to his disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth more labourers into his harvest’.” We can first pray for more laborers to go into God’s harvest in Argentina. Second, we can pray for Argentina’s borders to reopen and for missionaries to be able to get back in. Lastly, we can pray for the hurting brethren living in Argentina during these challenging times. The Great Commission for the Gospel of Christ shall not be hindered by the ruler of darkness, but carried out through the faith of the believers God sent. As 2 Corinthians 4:7 says “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”