The LCMS began financially supporting the ministry of the Lutheran Church of Guam, an independent Lutheran congregation located in Anigua, Guam, in 1978. The congregation itself developed out of a Lutheran Servicemen's Center, established by German missionary Edmund Kalau in the late 1950s. Kalau served in the Palau Islands 800 miles southwest of Guam. When the center closed in 1969, the Lutheran Church of Guam was formed. The Lutheran Church of Guam is a congregation that affiliates itself with the LCMS and the Lutheran Congregations for Christ. In general, this congregation ministers to the expatriate community in the area. Some nationals also attend and participate in ministry, but for the most part, it provides worship and fellowship opportunities for the large North American expatriate community that would otherwise not have access to worship in their native tongue—English. Of the families that belong to the congregation, roughly 20 percent are military households that move frequently.
As the Asian economic crisis changes the island's economy and its military population shrinks due to downsizing, the church’s role increasingly is to reach out to other cultures, including the Chamorro (the indigenous people of Guam and the Mariana islands), Filipino, Korean, Chinese and Japanese communities on Guam.
Learn more about the Lutheran Church of Guam at www.lutheranchurchofguam.org.