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[May 24, 2018 | No Comment | ]

After more than a decade of Gospel outreach, Lutheran Church Canada work in Costa Rica has been suspended
Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) missionaries, Pastor Edmundo Retana and his wife Deaconess Betty Solórzano Cevallos have announced that they are resigning from the mission in Costa Rica, citing personal and family reasons. With their resignations, there are no LCC or Iglesia Luterana-Sínodo de Nicaragua (ILSN) workers in Costa Rica.
In his letter of resignation, Rev. Retana stated, “I am grateful to our Lord for allowing me to serve him for all these years. And to you, …


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[April 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua – After almost a week of protests over social security tax increases and reduced pensions the Nicaraguan government reversed the new policy after conducting discussions with business leaders bringing about a fragile peace. The demonstrations in the capital city Managua, mostly by students, turned violent when police and military intervened. Some reports state up to 25 people died.
Over the weekend the protests erupted in other urban centres including Chinandega, site of Lutheran Church–Canada’s mission centre, as well as Leon, Matagalpa, Granada, and Masaya—all cities served by Lutheran Church …


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[April 20, 2018 | No Comment | ]

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua – For six days following Easter, 23 pastors and deaconesses, and a musician from the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua (ILSN) gathered for a series of workshops on Lutheran liturgy and hymnology led by Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) pastors Rev. Dr. David Somers (de l’Ascension, Montreal) and Rev. David Saar (St. John’s, Mount Forest, Ont.).
Held at LCC’s Central America Mission Centre the primary goal of the workshop was to provide a theological and holistic understanding of the liturgy in the context of training leaders chosen by the ILSN to …


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[April 5, 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

LCC’s retiring mission executive reflects on his years of service.
by Leonardo Neitzel
Throughout his epistles the Apostle Paul does not tire in giving thanks to God even under persecution, imprisonment, unnumbered hardships, trials, and health problems. The Holy Spirit nurtured in him a positive outlook of the Kingdom’s work, and he encourages us with the same attitude today: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Th 5:18). Paul can say this based on his own life experience and ministry that was a …


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[April 4, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Deaconess Olga Preisz Groh
CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua – The fourth deaconess seminar/retreat focusing on Deaconesses and Life Together (Vida Diaconal en Comunidad: Adorando, Trabajando, Estudiando, Alimentándonos, Orando y Escuchando Juntas) took place from January 15 to 19, 2018 at Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Mission Centre gathering 30-plus deaconesses and instructors of the faith from Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua’s (ILSN) congregations and missions in Nicaragua and Honduras.
Especially designed to strengthen the spiritual life of the ILSN’s sisters, the series of Vida en Comunidad week-long seminars is part of LCC’s continuing education program …


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[January 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Rev. Leonardo Neitzel
UKRAINE – The alliance between Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) since 1996 has been a blessing for our joint ministry and mission in that country.
Rev. Roland Syens and Rev. Keith Haberstock were commissioned as LCC’s first missionaries to Ukraine in 1993 and started the work which today shows its fruits for the Lord’s kingdom. Since the partnership began LCC — with support from generous donors, Concordia Lutheran Mission Society (CLMS), and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-Canada (LWMLC) — has sponsored …


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