The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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Representing the ELCA in South America

As the ELCA Global Mission regional representatives for South America, we work closely with four Lutheran churches in five countries: Argentina and Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile and Peru. We also relate to several institutions, including seminaries in these countries.

The ELCA mission strategy for Latin America calls us to “walk together [with our companions] in a solidarity that practices interdependence and mutuality.” We sit with leadership of our companions and listen to their vision, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. Together we plan how the ELCA can best accompany them—first through relationships and then resources if possible. The ELCA directs resources toward strengthening our companions’ capacities in church growth, leadership development, peace and reconciliation, and sustainable development.

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