The countries of southern Africa have a long history of a Lutheran presence. More than 150 years ago, German Lutherans moved to South Africa, forming congregations and their own synod. Germans also started mission work among the Zulu people in the eastern parts of South Africa. During apartheid, Lutheran missionaries continued to visit the townships to hold worship services, teach Bible classes and train more church workers.
Work in Botswana grew out of the South African work of our partner/sister churches in South Africa, the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa (FELSISA) and the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (LCSA). The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began mission efforts in South Africa in 1981. Today, LCMS works together with both the LCSA and FELSISA and also with Lutheran Bible Translators and German missionaries from the Bleckmar Mission (also known as Mission of Lutheran Churches) to spread the Gospel in the countries of southern Africa, including Botswana.
[See the South Africa page for more information.]
In the past, the LCMS has granted funds for providing food, seeds and farming equipment to residents of Botswana during times of drought.