Brazil

  •  Country Summary
  • The first Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod missionary came to Brazil in 1900, attending the request of German immigrants living in Brazil. The Seminário Concórdia was established in 1903 and one year later, the Igreja Evangélica Luterana do Brasil (IELB) became a district of the LCMS. In 1980, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IELB) became an independent church body and a partner church of the LCMS. The IELB celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003 and 2004.

    In 1989, the LCMS began supporting mercy work in Brazil. The first grant helped special education students finish their high school studies. Since then, dozens of grants from Synod’s mercy arm helped disaster response and human care efforts in Brazil.

    The LCMS supports the work of the IELB in mission outreach by planting and constructing buildings for new congregations and in theological education projects. One main mission emphasis is Portuguese-language radio broadcasts on 150 different stations. More than 50,000 responses have been received from listeners and more than 4,000 people are enrolled in Bible correspondence courses. Additional outreach programs include integrated mission centers (schools, medical and dental care), orphanages, elderly care, child day-care centers, deaf schools and hospitals.

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil includes 469 parishes, 1,355 congregations, 223,588 baptized members and 773 pastors. The church operates primary schools, secondary schools, two seminaries and several schools for the deaf. IELB missionaries serve in several countries, including in LCMS congregations in the United States.

     

  •  Missionaries
  • Currently, no LCMS missionaries reside in this country. To search for missionaries serving in this region in other countries, please visit missionary search database. To learn more about the LCMS global mission team, visit www.lcms.org/missionaries.

     

  •  Partner Churches
  • A partner church is a church body with whom the LCMS has full altar and pulpit fellowship. Many LCMS partner churches are also members of the International Lutheran council, a worldwide association of confessional Lutheran church bodies. Some LCMS partner churches came into existence through LCMS-supported mission efforts while others have historic roots that pre-date the LCMS or that are sourced in the mission efforts of other Lutheran church bodies.

  •  Contact Information
  • Field Office Address:
    Apartado 1356
    Santiago, Dominican Republic

    (Please do NOT send packages to this address)

     

    Partner Church:
    Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil
    Av. Cel. Lucas de Oliveira
    894 Bairro
    Mon't Serrat 90001-970 Porto Alegra, RS
    Brazil

     

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