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Uruguay is a country of more than three million people located between Brazil and Argentina in southeastern South America. The mostly urban culture is known for its strong secularism and heavy emphasis on intellectualism.

Globalscope leaders saw the incredible need firsthand in a June 2012 trip to Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, which is home to 1.7 million people. CMF planted its eighth campus ministry in an area between two major university campus hubs in Montevideo, with a focus on La Universidad de la República – the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in the country.

Former staff members of the El Oasis campus ministry in Santiago, Chile, arrived in Uruguay in September 2015 to launch La Ruta, a pioneer campus ministry in the capital city of Montevideo. They were quickly followed by four other campus ministers and recently added two Uruguayan interns who were students in the ministry.

The ministry grew quickly, and in 2018, they purchased and renovated a building that is the focal point of their outreach to a student body of about 100,000 young people, providing a space where students can be impacted by God’s love through experiencing a loving Christian community.

Here are some of the ways the team is making La Ruta known among college students and creating community:

  • Trivia Lunch is a “get-to-know-you” free lunch for students who come to play trivia at our campus house.

  • “La Merienda” is a conversation-based Bible study where team members share some of their life experiences and how following Jesus has made a difference in their lives.