From Foreigners to Family
When you think of Argentina, and how Buenos Aires would be, the first things that come to mind are the tall buildings, a large city, the many people and a culture that stands out from the majority of South American countries.
Another question would be,
“What is the church like?”
“Is the gospel able to make an impact like it does in other cities?”
“Are the churches big?”
The answer is, “I don’t know exactly... but I can describe how my church is in Buenos Aires, Redentor (Redeemer) Church of Christ. It is full of people from different countries. Buenos Aires is an open door to the immigrant and the church is no exception.
If you wonder about numbers... as time goes on, we have been growing.
If you want to know about who we are... more and more we are becoming, not just members to a church, but family. We are a family that strives to be transparent, that are quick to embrace those in need, that gives comfort, that laughs, that cries, that supports and forgives all who are needing it. We are people that recognize that we are imperfect, yet we are all trying to follow the one who is, Jesus.
Clearly, in this walk we have differences, each coming from our own cultures and distinct backgrounds, but each unique person helps us to see the need we have for a Savior, and the need we have to be a church that embraces the one who is different. A church that reaches outside of the walls, to be a home, to be a family is what we are striving for. Still there are many untouched areas and much to learn. Being a young church with young people is not always easy, but it is good because we are open to learning how to be like Christ in this world with His grace, mercy and compassion for all who want to join us in this walk.
“I go through life as a transient on his way to eternity, made in the image of God but with that image debased, needing to be taught how to meditate, to worship, to think.”
- Donald Coggan
Check out this article from the Christian Chronicle to know more about Redentor Church of Christ and the immigrants that have found a home in Buenos Aires.