Project ID:  A16156-20701-548

Provides Theological Education for pre-seminarians
Lays the groundwork for ongoing church-plants
Strengthens the relationship with the national church

The Sinodo Luterano Mexico (SLM) is over 75 years old and is a partner
church of the LCMS founded by LCMS missionaries in 1940. While the
SLM is an active and self supporting church-body, developments over the
last few decades have left them without a route to ordination in Mexico,
and with stalled church-planting efforts.

Currently, there are only 3 ordained pastors serving the congregations of
the SLM, with the first newly ordained Lutheran pastor ordained last
year, the first in 15 years. Vacancies in congregations are a serious and
ongoing problem.

The Office of International Mission, in collaboration with the SLM
president, Rev. Isaac Garcia, has identified a route to the ministry for
Mexican students, and at present there are 7 men studying to be pastors
online with the seminary in Ft. Wayne, and 2 at the new seminary in the
Dominican Republic.

Additionally, it is expected that another 7 will begin this coming year.
Two LCMS professors are now serving in Mexico and teaching 10 other
men who are not members of SLM but of other Lutheran church-bodies
and confessions, as well as temporarily assisting with the congregational
vacancies until Mexican pastors can be ordained and placed.

Cost Breakdown

Total: $17,046


Checks should be made out to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or LCMS
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

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