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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
The Lord has blessed the work of missionaries in the Lutheran Church of Belize. Five ministry points are in place, and the growing mission team in Belize is looking to establish a Lutheran Church in each of the six districts of Belize. With current work happening in Orange Walk, Cayo, and Stann Creek, they plan to reach out to Belize, Toledo, and Corozal districts, bringing the total number of mission sites to eleven.