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Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster

United States

Meet the Lancasters, IM Missionaries to Uruguay

Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster have served in Uruguay for almost 22 years. During their last term, they have worked to plant a church in the Carrasco neighborhood of Montevideo. They have participated in conversational English classes, ladies English gatherings, community outreach events and participated in community activities. They also work alongside the Uruguayan national church in order to encourage, train, and partner with national ministries. 2022 will mark the 60th anniversary of the work in Uruguay.

Jaimie grew up in the small town of McShan, AL, and is from the Mt. Moriah Free Will Baptist church. Tammy was born in Conway, AR, and her home church is Connect Church in Russellville, AR. They have served in Uruguay for 22 years.

They have two sons: Jonathan and Liz live in San Diego, CA, where he works as a Senior Software Developer and Liz is a Designer Manager. John William is a 3rd-grade teacher while Claire is a Financial Relationship Specialist and is pursuing a nursing degree. They live in Nashville, TN.

One fun fact: per-person consumption of beef is 95.61 lbs annually.

Why Uruguay?

We both graduated from Welch College in 1987 with the idea that we would be cross-cultural missionaries. There was no doubt that we would be on the field in a year or two. After a move to Detroit to help with a church plant, we returned to Alabama, and I (Jaimie) was interim pastor of my home church. One night, Dennis Owen came and left a booklet about the ministry in Uruguay. We read it, prayed and studied it, and felt God calling us to Uruguay.

We were appointed in 1997 and begin our overseas journey on February 26, 1999.

Uruguay has a very European feel. There are many immigrants who settled here from Spain and Italy. 25% of the residents are of Italian descent.

Yerba Mate is a customary tea infusion. It uses a gourd, a metal straw, and boiling water. Once someone sips all the water from the gourd, it is filled with water and passed to another friend. Once you get used to the taste, it provides a perfect time for slowing down and having conversations.

1 Unreached People Group in Uruguay

How they are ministering to the people in Uruguay

How to pray for the Lancasters

  • Pray for the friendships that we have formed.
  • Pray for National leadership as they form and cast their vision.
  • Pray for wisdom as we continue our ministry.


Total population of Uruguay



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