Pastors Karen and Esther visit Santa Amelia, Israel, Nuevo Provenir and Playito

On a long and productive pastoral visit Pastors Karen and Esther visited four villages.  Along the way they celebrated four masses, baptized 12 kids, recieved 10 young people for first communion and attended four church council meetings.  In the photo you can see Pastor Karen, Herlindo, the leader in Playita and Brian braving the boat ride which is the last leg of the journey to Playita.  I think maybe Pastor Karen needs a bigger sombrero.  :)

On the rio negro.

On the rio negro.

Posted in ILA Espíritu Santo – Porvenir de los Martines, Río Negro, ILA Jesús de Los Milagros –Israel, Playa Grande, Quiché, ILA Parroquia Luterana Agustina – Playito Cerro Alto, Rio Negro, ILA San José – Santa Amelia Dolores Petén, Pastoral visits

St. Michael’s and Highview Visit Cimiento

July 27-30, 2015, members of the pastoral team of ILAG along with a delegation of 10 folks from St. Michael’s and Highview Lutheran churches from Minnesota visited the community in Cimiento, Quiche, Guatemala.  The Lutheran church in Cimiento is called La Santa Cruz de la Esperanza and they are partners with both St. Michael’s and Highview.

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Posted in Highview Christiana, ILA La Santa Cruz de la Esperanza - Cimiento de la Esperanza, St. Michael's - St. Paul

Leader’s Retreat with Rev. Paul Erickson July 3-5, 2015

Reverend Paul Erickson helped teach our recent Leader’s Retreat at the Lutheran Center the first weekend in July, 2105.  The pastoral team along with Pastor Paul taught classes, played games and studied the bible.

Pastor Paul officiates on the court.

Pastor Paul officiates on the court.

Pastor Paul teaches classes.

Pastor Paul teaches classes.

Playing the rope game on the court.

Playing the rope game on the court.

Posted in Leadership Development, Uncategorized

Our Savior’s Lutheran Visits Nueva Guatemala June 2015

Our Savior’s Lutheran from St. Paul, Minnesota visited their partner church ILA San Isidro Labrador in Nueva Guatemala in June, 2015.

Construction project.

Construction project.

Kid's activities.

Kid’s activities.

Circle games.

Circle games.

Posted in ILA San Isidro Labrador – Nueva Guatemala, Sayajche Peten, Our Savior's Lutheran, Our Savior's Lutheran

St. Andrews from Las Vegas visits El Mirador

St. Andrews Lutheran from Las Vegas, Nevada visited ILAG in April, 2015.  They are partners with the El Mirador community in the city.  Along with home visits, worshipping at El Mirador and helping with the leadership retreat, they visited El Mirador school.  The photos below show how much fun this was.

Dee Ann and Ayme working with the kids.

Dee Ann and Ayme working with the kids.

Necklaces.

Necklaces.

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They made and decorated crosses.

They made and decorated crosses.

John and his magic tricks....

John and his magic tricks….

The kids at the el mirador school.

The kids at the el mirador school.

Posted in ILA El Divino Salvador del Mundo, El Mirador, Boca del Monte, Partnerships, St. Andrews Lutheran - Las Vegas

Brandon Louie from UC Davis teaches gardening!

Brandon Louie a graduate student from the University of California, Davis visited this week to teach about vegetable gardening and to help write a proposal to start a formal gardening program here at ILAG.  Brandon’s work is funded by a Trellis grant and by his university.  The original grant was written by our friend Joan Felice from Minneapolis.  Thank you Brandon and Joan!!!10357719_10206453874371529_7205023988483983339_o 10866172_10206472345433294_8106720679079327487_o 10954768_10206472345473295_9181768802057217100_o 11075211_10206472346633324_8351668562333674318_o 11086897_10203811708485553_695307682_o

Posted in Leadership Development, Uncategorized

Resurrection Lutheran visits Israel

Pastor Bob Bear and the folks from Resurrection Lutheran in Atlanta, Georgia visited ILAG and specifically visited our congregation in Israel.  In addition to leading activities with the children and women, they helped built a proto-type shower and a vegetable garden in the community.  The following are some photos of the visit.before-the-trip garden-community karen-esther karen-esther2 karen-todd-esther los_niños mike-shower the_garden

Posted in ILA Jesús de Los Milagros –Israel, Playa Grande, Quiché, Resurrection Lutheran

Music Retreat at the Lutheran Center – March 7-8, 2015

23 musicians from nine of our churches gathered at the Lutheran Center for a weekend of music and music learning.  The workshop was led by Todd with guest lecturers, pastors Karen and Esther and  Beatriz.  In addition this time we were helped by Professor Jhonny Corado a music teacher from the local town.  The students learned singing techniques, guitar, music theory and a bunch of songs and hymns. The following are some photos.

Todd teaching a class.

Todd teaching a class.

The songs we learned.

The songs we learned.

Professor Jhonny leading the class.

Professor Jhonny leading the class.

Posted in Music

Mount Olivet Lutheran visits ILAG

Mount Olivet Lutheran from Minneapolis, Minnesota visited ILAG for 10 days in February.  They helped with a women’s retreat at the Lutheran Center, visited ILAG congregations in Nuevo Porvenir and Playita Cero Alto, made a brief visit to El Mirador school and did some site seeing.  It was a trip filled with the Holy Spirt and blessed by our Lord.  The following are some photos…

Women's retreat worship

Women’s retreat worship

The children in the village

The children in the village

The welcome at Playita

The welcome at Playita

The weddings at Playita

The weddings at Playita

The group from Mount Olivet

The group from Mount Olivet

Posted in Colegio Luterano Agustino - El Mirador, ILA Espíritu Santo – Porvenir de los Martines, Río Negro, ILA Parroquia Luterana Agustina – Playito Cerro Alto, Rio Negro, Mount Olivet Lutheran, Mount Olivet Lutheran - Minneapolis, Partnerships, Women

Mount Olivet Lutheran visits El Mirador School

The brothers and sisters from Mount Olivet visited El Mirador school and brought a little gift for the kids.

Pre-school class gets gift bags.

Pre-school class gets gift bags.

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Monica, Jeff and Kate give bags to the first graders.

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Getting ready to sing.

Posted in Children, Colegio Luterano Agustino - El Mirador, Education, Mount Olivet Lutheran - Minneapolis, Uncategorized