Sephardic Jewish immigrants first started coming to Uruguay from Turkey in 1907, and by 1920, they had opened retail stores in Montevideo. As faithful Jewish believers, they built synagogues, schools, kosher markets and other organizations to assist their people. Anti-Semitism to some degree prevailed in Uruguay at the beginning of WWII; however, by the end of the war, there were 50,000 Jews in the country. Uruguay was the first Latin American country to recognize the state of Israel and establish diplomatic ties with that new nation. Over 10,000 Uruguayan Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1973. This, combined with an aging population and intermarriage, has decreased the Jewish population. The Jewish cultural connection that once tied the community together has basically been replaced with secularism and nominal adherence to Torah Judaism.
Indifference to their Jewish roots, decreased population, and immigration to Israel have made it difficult for followers of Christ to befriend the Uruguayan Jewish people and share with them the biblical power of God and his grace found in Jesus.
Christian leaders meeting with Uruguayan rabbis could open new sources of discussing the Old Testament prophecies.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?" Matthew 7:15-16
Pray that the Lord gives this people group the discernment to recognize false prophets and the grace to know the true Prophet, Priest and King, Jesus Christ.
Pray that Uruguayan Jewish believers would be open to hearing, accepting and knowing that they can have a life in Jesus, which will give them eternal peace. Pray for a movement to Christ among Uruguayan Jewish people this decade.
|People Name||Spanish-speaking Jews|
|Primary Religion||Ethnic Religions|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|