What would become the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina began November 1905 in Aldea San Juan, mostly among Russian-German immigrants. Over the years, a national church was established. Today, the church body has two emphases: mission work, under the theme “Christ for all,” and education to recover an evangelistic church.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began supporting mercy work in Argentina in 1992 by establishing a special education program. Since then, grants have continued to aid outreach to people with disabilities, the elderly, youth and children and those in need of medical care or alcohol and substance abuse counseling.
Mission work in Spain was started through a partnership between the LCMS and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina in 1999. The LCMS supports various mission projects in Argentina, providing funding to train future church leaders.
In 1986, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina became a sister/partner church of the LCMS.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina includes 70 parishes, 265 congregations, 30,000 baptized members and 80 active pastors. It also conducts social work in many places in Argentina, and it owns and operates seven elementary and secondary schools with a total of 4,200 students.