Project ID: PA0001-65804
The LCMS’s work in Panama began by serving military personnel during the Canal Zone era, as early as 1941. From there, the ministry expanded to other areas and led to the eventual formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Panama (IELPA).
Together, the LCMS and the IELPA maintain their commitment to Spreading the Gospel, Planting Lutheran Churches, and Showing Mercy, especially in identifying prospective church workers and providing for pastoral and diaconal formation. The diaconal program has gained a particular foothold; deaconess students eagerly serve their communities, assisting pastors in teaching the faith and tending to their neighbors in body and soul through acts of mercy and spiritual care. Panama’s dynamic chapter of Lutheran Hour Ministries is a vital partner in ministry.
Panama is known as the “Crossroads of the World” thanks to its celebrated canal, and as such, the harvest is ripe with a kaleidoscope of classes and nationalities. Thanks be to God for His faithfulness in raising up a support structure that positions the IELPA for forward momentum: workers, US partners, and short-term teams.
Checks should be made out to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or LCMS
In memo line write: PA0001-65804
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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