Mendoza is a large city in central western Argentina, at the foot of the Andes and not far from the Chilean border. Wine production is the main industry, with over 1200 wineries in the region. It has a very dry desert climate but with snow in winter.
La Iglesia del Senor della Vina (The Church of the Lord of the Vine) is an Anglican church and it’s name reflects the wine growing industry of the area, as well as a
Biblical concept of God’s work of salvation in His world. There are very few Anglican churches in Argentina, with not enough theologically trained ministers to serve them. The church has not had a minister for over 8 years. A minister from Buenos Aires flies over once a month to take a communion service. Other preaching and
services are conducted by three of the congregation members. Alejandra and Franklin are lay readers and both have done some of the MOCLAM PTC course. Alejandra’s son, Agustin has, recently finished a theological degree at the Missionary Alliance Bible College in Buenos Aires.
In 2012 Jess and Denise Larea (from Harrington Park Anglican Church) spent three months in Mendoza, serving the church with the aim of encouraging them to persevere in spite of their difficulties. Jess, as a native Spanish speaker and ordained clergyman in the Sydney diocese, had been using Skype to assist these
people in their studies. While in Mendoza Jess had the opportunity of officiating not only at services on Sundays, but teaching three Bible studies each week, conducting a baptism and a wedding, and giving a couple of talks at a Weekend Away. Both Jess and Denise spent much time with members of the congregation endeavouring to minister pastorally.
In 2013, Harrington Park Anglican Church provided funds to enable their
brothers and sisters in Mendoza to purchase a laptop computer and a data projector for use in church services.
In 2014 Jess and Denise continue their contact with this small group of faithful brethren in Mendoza, encouraging them to persevere in their faith. Harrington Park Anglican Church continues to support these people in love and prayer.