register today

for the in-person

Guatemala Gala 2021

 

The ELCA Southeastern Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) invite you to attend the in-person Guatemala Gala 2021 to support the dreams of young Guatemalan women at the MILAGRO Women’s Education Center. Mark your calendar for September 11th at 7:00 PM Eastern to participate!

 

When: September 11th, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Atlanta Country Club, 500 Atlanta Country Club Drive, Marietta, GA

What: Hands-on activities, heavy hors d’ouveres, Guatemalan sweet breads, cash bar; evening program continues with speakers and video presentation with messages from Bishop Kevin Strickland, ILAG President Pastor Karen Castillo, and many friends from Guatemala and SES congregations.

Why: Raise funds, friends and awareness of MILAGRO.

Cost per person: $40

 

Donate to support Ilag today

 

VIRTUAL GALA - Option

If you are unable to attend in-person, information is coming on how to host your own virtual Gala. Details to come!

 

The Knoxville area is hosting a Knoxville Guatemala Gathering.

For more details contact Pastor Stephen Friedrich at pastor@peacelutheranknoxville.org

 


God’s Work. Our Hands.
Southeastern Synod and ILAG - Let’s give thanks and celebrate!
Thanksgiving & Celebration Zoom
Sunday, April 18th 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT

 

 

 

 

Click the button below to donate:

#MILAGRO

 

You may also mail donations to:

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


  


 

CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Virtual Guatemala Gala and the Gala festivities

 

 

 

 


 

Commitments Continue Despite Pandemic

While the response to the pandemic has forced all of us to live life differently, some things have remained the same, including the ILAG’s commitment to education and our commitment to walk with ILAG.

While our goal is to raise money to support  ILAG and MILAGRO, we also know these are difficult economic times for many of us, so give as you are able. Your interest and prayerful support are welcome!

Click HERE to DONATEor mail a check to:

ELCA Southeastern Synod

PO Box 400

Decatur, GA  30031

(in memo line, write Gala or Gala 2020)

 


The ELCA Southeastern Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) are companion synods—we offer mutual care to one another through relationship building, prayer, and program support. Since its founding in 1991, ILAG has ministered to people living on the margins of Guatemalan society, particularly the indigenous poor. One of ILAG’s key programs is the MILAGRO Women’s Education Center, a school dedicated to empowering rural Guatemalan women through education. 

 

 

The Southeastern Synod has hosted a Guatemala Gala the past two years to raise funds for the school. This year we are going VIRTUAL, so save the date and stay tuned for more details about how you can support this work. #MILAGROGALA2020

 


ILAG and MILAGRO
 

Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala

Since its founding in 1991, the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) has always been about ministering to people living on the margins of Guatemalan society, particularly the indigenous poor. From the lowlands of Petén in the north to the ravines of Guatemala City, the ILAG works to make God’s grace known to all. Currently, the Lutheran Church in Guatemala has more than 2,000 members in 17 congregations.

 

Southeastern Synod and ILAG

The Southeastern Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala have been walking together as companion synods for many years, teaching us what it means to be Lutheran in our global church. Through visits to ILAG, receiving the ILAG pastoral team as guests here in the Southeastern Synod, prayerful support, financial support, and living through the values of accompaniment, all of us have grown more deeply in our faith.

 

MILAGRO

In Spanish, Milagro means Miracle. The MILAGRO Women’s Education Center is located in the Lutheran Center in Guatemala City. Sometimes called Casa Milagro, MILAGRO is also an acronym:

          M – Mujeres (women)

          ILAG – Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala

          RO – Ropiendo paradigmas (breaking paradigms)

At Casa MILAGRO, young women receive an education and develop a wide range of skills vital to a future with great possibilities. They learn skills to start a sustainable business and prepare them to be leaders in their families, churches, and communities.

 

CLICK HERE to view the Southeastern Synod’s Give Guatemala a High Five Campaign to support ILAG’s COVID-19 Response

 


 

Synod Contacts: Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Jill Henning and Rev. Stephen Friedrich

 


The Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) is our companion synod in Guatemala.

Click here to visit the ILAG website. 

If you have questions about our companion synod in Guatemala, please contact our synod contacts above, or call the synod office at 404-589-1977.