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.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Guatemala in 1947. LCMS work focused on the areas of evangelism, church planting, leadership and seminary education. Long-term missionaries taught at Christian schools, planted churches, engaged in holistic mercy projects, and provided theological education for candidates through the Center for Theological Education (CLET). After many years of preparation, LCMS missionaries helped form the the Lutheran Church in Guatemala (ILG),today a partner church in the International Lutheran Council (ILC). The LCMS continues to support theological education and diaconal formation in Guatemala. The ILG has joined the LCMS, LCC, RSOs and congregations in the Honduras FORO to extend Lutheran church planting, education and mercy ministry in its neighbor country.