The Gift of Presence
For nearly two weeks, those of us in the Saint Paul Area Synod have been blessed by the presence of ou[...]
As our group from Augustana Lutheran prepared to visit Guatemala this summer, enthusiasm grew as we explored accompaniment values, learned about San Agustín Lutheran in La Esmeralda, prepared children’s activities, and assembled 180 bags of various school supplies. Janet and John Metcalfe provided valuable insights and guidance as they have been an integral part of the sustaining relationship between Augustana and San Agustín. With 12 suitcases in tow, we began our journey.
For the next eight days, we immersed ourselves in the day-to-day life of Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala and witnessed God’s hands at work through the many aspects of its ministry. While nurturing the faith of those it serves, the work of the church extends to improving the quality of life for those who live with few resources. With the support of the companion congregations, Pastor Karen, Esther, Beatriz, Diego and other ILAG staff members faithfully and tirelessly bring a message of hope.
The work of ILAG is complex as it shares the Gospel and works to improve the lives of people in congregations. Augustana’s commitment to this mission partner continues to make a difference! As we walked alongside the staff and participated in the life of ILAG, our eyes were opened to the all-encompassing work the church is doing to bring hope and our hearts were opened to the people it serves.
– Jennifer Reinhardt
Augustana Lutheran, West St. Paul