After years of hard work, patience, and coordination, the Spanish Lutheran hymnal, Himnario Luterano, arrived in Guatemala. The hymnals were published by a group of dedicated Lutheran pastors throughout Latin America, who considered the many cultural differences among the Spanish-speaking countries. Thanks to a generous gift from the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, a large portion of the printing and shipping costs were covered, making the hymnals affordable for our sister churches.
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.