“Christ for all! That is how we can define the Alliance Project. From February 28 to March 14, 2021, on a trip to the Dominican Republic, I had the great opportunity to accompany eight IELB pastors and their families in language, culture and mission training. What a challenge! What learning! More than a special moment, as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IELB) and The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) joined forces in this project to bring the love of Jesus to different peoples and cultures.
“As unthinkable as it might sound, in the Dominican Republic, a Roman Catholic country heavily influenced by Pentecostalism, people are thirsty for the Gospel,” shared Rev. Sergio Maita, a Lutheran missionary pastor from Venezuela.
The Lord has blessed our young, growing Dominican Republic
Lutheran Mission (DRLM) with three congregations in the Santiago area,
the country’s second largest city. In the past, the mission has had to
juggle a schedule of often-traveling missionaries and guest pastors to
lead Word and Sacrament ministry. We did not have a pastor dedicated
to nurture these congregations through the preaching of the Gospel to an
ever expanding circle of people.