Since its founding in 1991, the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) has always been about ministering to people living in the margins of Guatemalan society, particularly the indigenous poor. From the lowlands of Petén in the north to the ravines of Guatemala City, the ILAG works to make God’s grace known to all. Currently, the Lutheran church in Guatemala has more than 2,000 members in 17 congregations. The church also operates an elementary school, Colegio Luterano Agustino de El Mirador, in Guatemala City, serving 100 students.
Since formalizing a companion partnership in 2005, the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala have been walking together to learn more about what it means to be Lutheran in our global church. Through visiting companions, receiving the pastoral team as guests, prayerful support, supporting projects, and living through the values of accompaniment, companions on every end of the partnership have grown more deeply into faith. We invite you to learn more about the companionship and join us as we walk together.
A Guatemala Gala is held every year to raise funds for needs of the ILAG. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 gala became an online event, raising funds toward an ELCA loan for the purchase and renovation of a new building for its school, as well as relief efforts for ILAG families isolated in rural villages during this global pandemic. Click here to learn more and watch the 2020 Virtual Guatemala Gala.
Travel to Guatemala
Since its partnership with the Saint Paul Area Synod in 2005, hundreds of travelers have visited companions through the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala. These visits strengthen relationships between partner churches as visitors learn more about the culture and faith of their family in Christ living in Guatemala.