Steve & Jill
Steve and Jill serve as missionaries in the country of Uruguay. They first sensed the call to missions as teenagers and count it a true privilege to follow God's plan for their lives. They are ministering in one of the most economically and politically advanced countries in all of Latin America, and yet, one of the hardest to reach with the gospel. Steve and Jill are involved in teaching and preparing new pastors at the Bible School and are involved in sports evangelism, using soccer as a bridge to reach the lost. In addition, they lead Hope for Uruguay 100, an initiative to plant and build 100 new churches in Uruguay.
Uruguay is a country of about 3.5 million people. It is located in South America, tucked away just south of Brazil and east of Argentina. The weather is moderate and there are beautiful beaches to enjoy during the summer. Most of the people are of European descent and that influence is reflected in the culture. Uruguayans speak Spanish, enjoy playing/watching soccer, and are well known for their "asado" - Uruguayan barbecues and mate tea!
While Uruguay is a beautiful country with wonderful people, it has often been referred to as a spiritual desert. It is the most secular nation and only atheistic country in the Americas. People are resistent to the gospel. Uruguay is the first and only country in the world to legalize: abortion, same sex marriage, prostitution and marijuana. Please pray for Steve and Jill as they serve in a place historically referred to as the "Graveyard of Latin American Missions."