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Reaching the Mapuche

Argentina | OM International

Team picture OM Argentina - team Buenos AiresTeam members of OM in Buenos Aires, Argentina, recently journeyed to the indigenous Mapuche people in the province of Neuquén to serve, develop relationships, disciple local believers and minister in the community.

The team led Bible studies for children, did repair work on the local primary school and provided sports activities and English classes. Not only this, but they also had opportunities to disciple new believers in the community. Conner Frank, an American team member, recalled that serving these people was a rewarding experience: "This community was extremely warm and inviting, always showing us wonderful hospitality, and was extremely open to the gospel.

"One of the most important things about the trip," continued Conner, "was making sure that those who came to know Christ during our time there had the resources and accountability to grow in Him."

Bibles were given to those who showed interest in the Scriptures. In addition, many team members have connected with the Mapuche people through Facebook and email and look forward to developing the new relationships in the future.

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Photos Argentina

Argentina :: Three girls sitting on a bench smile back at the camera
Argentina :: OM team member Evangelina Salazar with Valeria Guilledo, who sells handcrafts to support her family and share the Gospel. She also has a weekly programme on the local radio station where she shares God’s Word.
Argentina :: OM Argentina’s English Talk Espiritual, a twice-monthly meeting on Thursday nights in a local café in Córdoba, has become a vulnerable community where people seek healing for the lives.
Argentina :: OM Córdoba is breaking new ground for the gospel using football in one of the city’s roughest neighbourhoods.
Argentina :: A teenager mother receives a Bible from an OM worker in Córdoba, Argentina.
Argentina :: Paola, a believer from a poor neighbourhood in Córdoba, Argentina, grows in faith while helping develop a micro enterprise that gives local women purpose.
Argentina :: The OM team in Córdoba gives workshops on emotional health to help women in local churches find practical strategies for living the Christian life.
Argentina :: After a neighbourhood gun fight and city-wide looting, OMers working with youth in Las Violetas, Córdoba, concern themselves with the lives of their teens.
Argentina :: Young people play volleyball during Grita Gol, a tournament held in partnership with local churches.
Argentina :: A football team that competed in Grita Gol, a tournament held in partnership with local churches, poses for a photo after emerging victorious.

               

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