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[January 13, 2012 | One Comment | ]

Rev. Edmundo Retana and his wife Deaconess Betty Retana pose with the congregation in Cartago, Costa Rica

by Leonardo Neitzel 
Officially, the Republic of Costa Rica has 4.64 million inhabitants. Some estimates, however, put the population closer to six million, with nearly two million of them being Nicaraguan immigrants. The country shares borders with Nicaragua and Panama and stretches along the coasts of the Caribbean and Pacific seas. The capital—San José—is located in the central province, and its population was last listed in 2006 as approximately 366,000 inhabitants. Including its extended metropolitan area, however, brings …


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[November 25, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Leonardo Neitzel
After several years away, I decided recently to visit my home country Brazil, where all my relatives still live. I was impressed with the progress Brazil is making – surprised by its many changes, both positive and negative. The Brazilian economy is growing rapidly. In fact, it is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. Job opportunities are plentiful and capital investment is safe.
Brazil is also set to host the 2014 World Cup of soccer, and groups are lining up to invest in its …


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[March 13, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Leonardo Neitzel
Ashes placed on the forehead in the sign of the cross marked the children’s worship service at Jesu Cristo Rey de Reyes (Jesus Christ King of Kings) in Granada, Nicaragua this Ash Wednesday, March 9. Lutheran Church–Canada missionary, Rev. Rufino Quintero Lainez and Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua pastor, Rev. Guillermo Zuniga led children and their families in the service focused on mourning for our sins, repentance, and forgiveness from the cross of Jesus.
The church was crowded as the pastors shared the Gospel message about the Christ’s suffering …


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[September 16, 2009 | No Comment | ]

Have you ever wished you had Lutheran resources you could share with new Canadians in their native language, their ‘heart’ language? Lutheran Heritage Foundation has materials available in 66 languages. Check out www.LHFmissions.org for more information.


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