Guatemalan Lutheran School Expanding

Story and photography by Communications Specialist Justin Logston, an LCMS missionary serving in Belize

LCMS Mission Area Facilitator and missionary Pastor Herb Burch, Pastor Roldan Rios, and Communications Specialist Justin Logston recently had the opportunity to visit Cristo el Salvador (Christ the Savior) Lutheran School in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. The trio met with Pastor Byron Paz for a tour of the school, which has been offering quality, Christ-based education to the city of Puerto Barrios and the surrounding communities since 2002.

The school has steadily grown over the past twenty years. This year, 50 teachers have been blessed with teaching 933 students from preschool through high school. Students are instructed in the Bible, math, science, English, technology, and fitness, giving every student a well-rounded education to become Christ-centered, contributing members of their communities, including opportunities to continue their education at a university.

Due to the continued growth at Cristo El Salvador, leadership is planning two large construction projects to support the ongoing expansion and serve their students and the community: first, completing the construction of the second floor of the school, which would allow for two additional classrooms; and second, leveling of the concrete courtyard to increase student safety during fitness classes and lunches.

Brazilian Alliance Missionary Pastor Rafael Milagres has served as the chaplain for the school since 2021. He lives in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, with his wife and young daughter.

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Jana Inglehart

Jana Inglehart serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as the Regional Communication Specialist for the Latin America and Caribbean region, based in the Dominican Republic.