Mission and Ministry work in Latin America & the Caribbean

Outreach with English Classes in Montreal

he quarantines and shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 have made ministry difficult this year. But the Lord uses for good even the evil effects of sin in the world – like viruses. Teaching English online, for instance, has turned into one of the great outreach opportunities of this time.

Food for the Hungry in Chile

During the past few months, the Confessional Lutheran Church of Chile has continued to reach out to local communities with the Gospel, despite the lockdowns. Worship services, devotions, catechism classes and Bible studies are shared online while in-person services are not permitted. Pastors maintain phone contact to encourage and assist members whenever possible.

Disaster Response Training for Guatemala and Honduras

Sixty Lutheran pastors and church members from Guatemala and Honduras gathered online for four days of Disaster Response Training last week. Pastor Alejandro Lopez presented the virtual classes from his location in Panama. Missionary Deaconess Cheryl Naumann from the Dominican Republic coordinated the instruction through the Mercy Center, an institute of Concordia the Reformer Seminary in the Dominican Republic.

Project: Seminary Symposium

Concordia the Reformer Seminary and Mercy Center (CMSCR) in Palmar Arriba, Dominican Republic boasts a curriculum grounded in practical field experience that supplements the requisite doctrinal foundation. The ripples of what God will do through its graduates reach far beyond classrooms overlooking palm tree covered mountains and occasionally serenaded by neighbors’ merengue; CMSCR’s sweeping influence is perhaps most evident in the one-of-a-kind, Spanish language theological symposium that is a cornerstone of every academic calendar.

News From Perú

Although the Covid-19 situation is seeing little improvement in Peru, the Church continues to be a beacon of hope in the community, reaching out with the Gospel, and sharing His mercy with those in need.

A Pastor for the Cayman Islands

We are excited to welcome new missionaries to the LAC Region! The Rev. Dr. Gerald Paul has accepted a Divine Call to serve as a missionary in the Cayman Islands. He will be joined by his wife, Heidi, who is a preschool teacher.

Time Out to Care for Pastors

Quite a number of our Latin American Lutheran pastors serve two or three or more congregations at the same time. With the nearest pastor often living several hours away, opportunities for these men to be built up in the Word and to have fellowship time with other pastors are crucial. Luther Academy encourages these opportunities for our pastors.

Mercy Outreach in Panama

As this pandemic has continued to spread, over the past several weeks, Panama has rapidly become the worst-hit country in Central America according to infections per capita, and second only to Chile in all of Latin America.

Project: Alliance Missionary Walterson Siewert

Rev. Walterson Junior Siewert Lang joined the Peru church planting team as an Alliance missionary in 2019. A native Paraguayan, he adds not only multicultural flair but also invaluable church planting experience, a plus for his young colleagues; he’s also trilingual.

In His Timing

We had our first in-person worship service in the reopening on Pentecost Sunday. We met in the outdoor patio of our earthquake damaged buildings rather than the much smaller rented location where we could barely seat 10 people under the strict social distancing requirements. Because of our position on the globe, Puerto Rican summers are hot, and Ponce is the hottest part of the island; but fortunately, our usual 3 pm service time just happens to perfectly coincide with the ideal angle of the sun for casting shade over our patio.