Project ID:  A16156-20701-347

Supports ongoing theological education in Venezuela
Protects historic investments in the Venezuelan Church

The Venezuelan Lutheran church finds herself in a country
facing a severe socio-political crisis. For the past 10 years,
inflation has crippled the economy. LCMS Office of
International Mission has continued to assist this daughter
church in the preparation of her people in the areas of elders,
Sunday school teachers, deaconesses and pastors. Juan de
Frias, the Lutheran Bible Institute, so named after the first
Lutheran martyr in Venezuela, is the vehicle for preparing
these men and women.

Currently, classes are taught by extension, and intensive
sessions with professors traveling to the students. Rolling
blackouts have made internet of little assistance. Deaconess
classes this last year had the participation of 30 women from
across the country. Men formed for the pastorate have
begun their formal training through Juan de Frias in
Venezuela, and have gone on to seminary in the Dominican
Republic for their continued formation.

The Venezuelan Lutheran church has 16 congregations with
several missions and 13 pastors. She is spread across the
country from the foot of the Cordillera Oriental mountains in
the west to the easternmost state of Monagas in the east.
They continue to do outreach in the face of the many
challenges in this country. This church body was planted by
LCMS missionaries.

Cost Breakdown

Total: $28,409
Support the pre-seminary program: $472 monthly
Help the Venezuelan National Church: $947 monthly


Checks should be made out to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or LCMS
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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