More than fifteen years ago, St. John Lutheran in Ellisville, MO began sending short term mission teams to Belize. There, they established relationships that grew and eventually led to the formation of the Belize Mission Society. They sent more short term teams to Belize during the off-season months, because the rates for lodging were less, and the opportunities to serve the locals were greater. Leaders of the Belize Mission Society realized they needed a “flip flops on the ground” missionary who could foster the relationships they had established, and build a permanent presence in Belize. In partnership with the Belize Mission Society and other LCMS affiliates, the Belize Mission seeks to plant a new Lutheran church in the country and expand to other locations in Belize. Outreach includes family Bible Study, men’s and women’s Bible Study, and Vacation Bible School. Mercy ministry includes scholarships for students in Seine Bight and Belmopan, a nutrition program for students at St. Alfonsus School in Seine Bight, Griefshare and hospice programs. They also work to establish a physical therapy program for the country in general and dental and health programs for the village of Seine Bight. This new twist on church planting provides opportunity for hands-on participation by teams from the U.S. to soften areas for further evangelism, Bible training and outreach, and multiplies the efforts of our valuable missionary families.

Giving Thanks for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) is a great help for the mission work in Latin America. We are grateful for their excellent work and congratulate them on thirty years of service to the Lord’s Church worldwide.

Mercy and Gospel in Belize

On Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, the LCMS Belize Mission group was blessed to host and help a six-person team from the Belize Mission Society (St. Louis) with a two-day eyeglass clinic at El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church in Valley of Peace, Belize.

Thank you, Courtney!

Today we said farewell to a valuable member of the Latin America & Caribbean missionary team. Courtney Zalmanoff, a GEO missionary arrived in the Dominican Republic on September 30, 2019. Armed with degrees in Spanish and Psychology, she faithfully carried out her role as assistant volunteer coordinator for over two years.

Fresh Beginnings in Belize

When one thinks of the Lutheran Church of Belize, they can’t help but think of the many ways God’s hand has blessed the ministry there. The country is bursting with opportunity!

Rapid Response to Hurricanes Eta and Iota

The countries of Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama have been hardest hit by back-to-back hurricanes. Eta made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in Nicaragua on November 3rd, then lingered for two days over Central America before intensifying and moving on to Cuba, where flooding was already a growing problem.

A Stream of New Pastoral Candidates

The 2020 graduating class had their formal graduation ceremony postponed until May 2021, due to the pandemic. These outstanding men have completed all coursework and requirements for graduation, so even though they must wait a bit longer to don their caps and gowns, they are being ordained and installed as pastors in various countries across Latin America.

More New Missionaries!

New career missionaries are coming to Latin America! We are excited to announce that John and Erica Tape and their baby daughter, Sophie, are preparing to serve the Latin America & Caribbean region, based in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

New Missionaries for Belize

Missionary Pastor Micah Wildauer, his wife Robin and their four children arrived in the Dominican Republic this afternoon. Following a period of orientation in the Dominican Republic, they will travel on to Belmopan, Belize, where Rev. Wildauer will serve as a church planter and theological educator.