Colombia

Our ABT Synod Project Support through IELCO (The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia) 

In conversation and consultation with our Global Missions Companion Partner IELCO, three projects have been identified for financial support by the ABT Synod:

Caracoli: a community engagement and adult program via the Caracoli Lutheran Congregation, Bogota

Lutheran School Scholarships: supporting children to complete their education through the four IELCO schools in Colombia

Theological Student Scholarships: supporting theological education for leaders in the church

We appreciate fund raising efforts towards these projects from both individuals and churches.

For more information: IELCO Donation Appeal


ELCA Newsletter – Keeping in Mind Global Mission in South America – May 12, 2020


Companion Synod Covenant

Click 2018 STATEMENT OF COVENANT – English to see the Statement of Covenant between The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia and The Synod of Alberta and the Territories of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

The Synod of Alberta and the Territories and (La) “Iglesia Evangelica Luterana de Colombia” (The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia), also known as “IELCO”, are participants in a Companion Synod relationship as outlined in the “Statement of Covenant” that was first signed June 13th, 2003 by Bishop Steve Kristenson (ABT Synod) and Bishop Parada (IELCO). The Covenant has since been renewed by both parties most recently in 2018 by Bishop Larry Kochendorfer (ABT Synod) and Bishop Atahualpa Hernandez (IELCO).

This Covenant relationship is a natural extension of the traditional, long-standing connection that was originally established when Albertans such as Joyce Bergh, the Ostrem family and the Morck family pioneered mission outreach in Colombia beginning in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Joyce Bergh spent 22 years of her life in Colombia and is still remembered fondly by some of her former students who are now leaders in the Lutheran Church in Colombia.


International Global Consultation 2019

The Fifth International Consultation 2019 (November 6-10, 2019) was a blessing to strengthen global partnerships between Synod Companions and to help us think together as part of the faith community about issues of gender justice and migration which are important to all of us. This Consultation, held in Guatemala, included representation from Synods across the ELCA & Canada as well as churches in countries across Central & South America and the Caribbean. It was a heart, mind and spirit stirring week as we shared our stories, listened to one another, and began to see the weaving together of a beautiful community tapestry that is formed in faith.

In addition to being blessed by companionship with the Lutheran Church in Colombia, we in The Synod of Alberta and the Northern Territories are also profoundly blessed by our connection through them with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA and the South Carolina Synod ELCA. Leaders from these four areas have gotten to know one another better through this ministry and learned to walk and work together. We have been building trust in our relationships with one another as we seek to faithfully live out our calling to proclaim the good news of Jesus far and wide.

It is a joy and a true gift to work side by side with these leaders of Christ’s Church!

Bishop Atalaupa Hernández, The Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO); Pastor Mark Cerniglia, SC Synod Companion Coordinator for Relationship with IELCO; Pastor Mark Johnson & Kathy Chatelaine Southeastern Minnesota Synod; Bishop Larry Kochendorfer & Pastor James Hendricksen, Synod of Alberta and the Northern Territories.


September 2019 letter from the National Women’s Ministry of Colombia:


Journey to Colombia 2018

A journey to Colombia and The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO) by a Synod delegation happened July 26-August 6, 2018 in partnership between Ascension Lutheran, Edmonton and the Synod of Alberta and the Territories.

The purpose of the delegation journey was to experience, embrace and engage the contexts and ministries of our Synod’s Companion Partner (IELCO); to build relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ; to explore stronger ties between partner congregations in our Synod and IELCO; and to seek an expanding global understanding of faithful discipleship through the Lutheran Colombian context.

The journey included many opportunities to meet our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Christ, and to experience a variety of ministry contexts in Colombia, as well as several ministries offered through IELCO in Bogota, Yopal, Paz de Ariporo, Bucaramanga and Sogamoso.