Democratic traditions in Uruguay have been established over many years and civil liberties have been broadly evident with an extensive welfare system.
The Uruguayan economy is more developed than many in Latin America and focused on agricultural exports. However, with relatively low levels of industry and surrounded by two much larger economies it is vulnerable to external changes.
Uruguay is the smallest Spanish-speaking nation in South America. In the absence of mountain ranges high winds are common, either from the northern pampas or the southern ocean, and rapid changes in weather are frequent. Rolling plains are a combination of pampas and hilly uplands. Coastal resorts are popular on the Río de la Plata estuary.
Uruguayan people from different origins rely on citizenship rather than ethnicity as markers and society is highly homogenous, although alternating conquests by Spain and Portugal left their mark and immigration from other European nations occurred over many years.
Uruguay is the most secular state in South America and has a long-established formal separation of Church and State, with low numbers attending Catholic churches regularly. Many people see themselves as non-religious.
Evangelical growth has been significant since the 1990s with a doubling of congregations between 1998 and 2005.
Latin Link works with the Comunidad Internacional de Estudiantes Evangelicos movement among university students and is looking to develop relevant partnerships with churches.
In a context of secularism in post-modern society the flourishing of new-age and spiritist expressions is high and opportunities for contextual outreach exist. Seminaries have a key role in the training of Christian leadership at a time of substantial church growth and ongoing church planting.