From the beginning the ELCA Companion Synod Program has been about relationships — a two-way street, not a handout from the haves to the have-nots. Now some two decades later, the program connects the ELCA's 65 synods in more than 120 international companion relationships.
|Tracy Mikes (above) of Grace Lutheran Church, Conroe, Texas, serves communion to Carla Huarcaya at worship in Lima, Peru, in August 2009. The service was a highlight of the visit Mikes and others from the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod took to their companion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru. Presiding at the service at San Juan Camino de Esperanza is Fran Schmidt, a Canadian missionary pastor.|
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