Gala 2020


Virtual Gauatemala Gala 2020


"GRACIAS!!!!" ~ Pr. Karen Castillo 


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ELCA Southeastern Synod
Attn:  GALA
PO Box 400
Decatur, GA 30031

9/21/2020 - Gala Follow-up:

What a night!

Thank you for your support of the Virtual Guatemala Gala 2020!

The Southeastern Synod has sent over $36,000 to MILAGRO plus $10,000 raised in one hour the night of the GALA. We anticipate another $30,000+ in pledges, with additional gifts still coming in.

More importantly, an estimated 1,800 viewers tuned in to the Virtual GALA on September 12th. Eighteen Hundred! That means1,800 people heard the message of ILAG and learned first-hand from the young women of MILAGRO about the opportunities they are embracing due to this ministry. Yes, MILAGRO, which means miracle in Spanish, is the perfect name for the Women's Education Center of the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG).

As companion synods, the Southeastern Synod and ILAG accompany one another in mission and ministry. Though we can’t physically be together right now, we continue to support one another with prayer and financial gifts as we are able. God is using your generosity to create miracles for these young women, their congregations, their communities, and their country.

We humbly thank you for this generous support,

Your Southeastern Synod Guatemala Gala Team 

It’s never too late to make a contribution to MILAGRO.  Just scroll below this video for any financial gift you would like to make.


2020 Virtual GALA FESTIVITIES!!!


Congregational Promotional Materials

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Make an authentic Guatemalan Meal!



What better way to enjoy the Virtual Guatemala Gala 2020 than with an authentic Guatemalan Meal at home!

Our friends Julie and Steve Belfield from Epiphany Lutheran Church in Suwanee, GA created a video just for us, using recipes from Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, a native of Guatemala. Julie demonstrates how to make Amalia’s authentic dishes, including:

Carne Asada con Chirmol – orange and onion-marinated flank steak (a Guatemalan BBQ basic);

Chirmol – charred tomato and mint salsa;

Arroz Negro con Chile Pimiento – black rice with red bell peppers;

Postre de Atol de Elote  - fresh corn pudding; and

Sangria a la Amalia – red wine and citrus punch.


Click here for printed recipes!


The Virtual Gala is September 12th, 7:00 pm. Fix some of these delicious Guatemalan dishes and enjoy your meal as you watch and learn about MILAGRO Educational Women’s Center.

Come back to this page to access the Virtual Guatemala Gala 2020 on September 12, 7:00 pm.

Thanks to:

Julie Belfield, Caterer/Personal Chef; Steve Belfield, Production Assistant/ chief Taste Tester

Recipes courtesy of Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard,

Follow Amalia on Instagram or Facebook: Amalia Moreno-Damgaard




The Southeastern Synod has hosted a Guatemala Gala the past two years to raise funds for the MILAGRO Women’s Education Center. We won’t be able to gather in person this year, but the Guatemala Gala 2020 will continue! The virtual gala will be held Saturday, September 12th at 7:00. Watch from home while enjoying your favorite Guatemalan food. Invite friends to join the virtual gala. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

The virtual Guatemala Gala 2020 will include:

  1. Music Premiere of the Aurora Octobre 8 Marimba Band of Guatemala
  2. Message from Bishop Kevin Strickland
  3. Updates from ILAG: Pastor Karen Castillo, Diego Gil and others
  4. Updates from the young women studying at MILAGRO
  5. Experiences and stories from Southeastern Synod members who have shared time with our friends from ILAG and the young women from MILAGRO
  6. And more!