If you are like me when you saw the city’s name you wondered “what in the world does that mean?” Give me a few more months and I should be able to read that without the aid of Google translate, but seeing that we are three months away from starting language school, I have to look it up. Google translate yielded very little help but I found out that it is actually named after Martin Rivadavia who was a shipping minister that helped develop much of the southern portion of Argentina.
According to the census back in 2010 the population of the city was 182,631 people. It’s population grew by about 30% between the years 2001 and 2010, greatly out-pacing the national growth rate of 11%. It was established in 1901 but what really placed it on the map was an oil strike in 1907. Some men were drilling, looking for water, and struck oil. Even today after 100 years the city is still known as the “National Oil City.”
Comodoro Rivadavia sits in the southern province of Chubut. The province of Chubut has a population of over 500,000, yet there are only 2 churches that I can find in the entire province. Can you imagine two churches trying to reach over half a million people? Please pray today with me for these two congregations, and pray that more men might be raised up to plant Baptist churches in this area.