The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been ministering in Paraguay since 1938. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paraguay has its roots among Lutheran immigrants in the country. The church body was officially recognized as a religious entity in the country in 1983 and became a partner church of the LCMS in 1995. Its greatest challenge is to reach the native people of Paraguay.
Today, the LCMS supports a ministry center, a Bible institute, and a school operated by the national church.
The LCMS' current work in Paraguay supports Garden of Hope HIV/AIDS Children’s Home, which provides a safe home for children whose parents have died from AIDS or parents who are terminally ill and no longer able to care for their children. Grants have also helped complete construction of a new facility and provides chaplaincy at schools.
Children Christian Concern's Society, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization, also works in Paraguay, providing educational scholarships for students and teacher's salaries at Lutheran schools.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paraguay is a sister/partner church of the LCMS.
It includes 12 parishes, 62 congregations, 3,981 baptized members and 13 active pastors. The church operates three preschools, two kindergartens, and three elementary schools.