IELU Church-Wide Assembly

In November, I was fortunate enough to attend the IELU’s (Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay) biannual Assembly in Buenos Aires. Here are some things that delightfully surprised me:

1.Size
The Lutheran community is still small in Latin America, so after worshipping with less than 10 people for the last 3+ months, it was a joy to be in the company of 70 IELU congregants!

2.Vision
Each church (spanning Argentina from north to south and including Montevideo in Uruguay) had the opportunity to share what they are doing in their individual community. We also had different focus groups to talk about the life and mission of the church: stewardship, youth, and Christian education. I was immediately struck with the dedication and depth in which the topics were discussed. The Lutheran congregants of Argentina/Uruguay speak with such passion that they reminded me of the Margaret Mead quote, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

3.Community
It was one of those gatherings where you sit down at a table and are able to strike up a conversation with whoever is at your side.

4.Meeting Pastor Andrea from Esperanza del Sur, Trinity Lutheran’s companion church in Esquel, Argentina!
A real mover and shaker in the church! More details to come on this encounter in another post!

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