Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of Lutheran Church Canada (LCC), explains how the LCC until 1988 was a district of the Missouri Synod. In 1854, the Missouri Synod had its first congregation in Canada. The mission work in Canada expanded so rapidly that the Missouri Synod created the Ontario District in 1879. In 1988, the LCC became an autonomous, self-governing church body. Since that time, the LCC and the LCMS work together closely. In recent years, the LCC and LCMS have engaged in cooperative mission work in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Cambodia. The LCC also does mission work in the Ukraine.

 

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President Bugbee, Dr. Albert Collver, Rev. Ted Krey met to hear an update about the LCC and their mission work, and to discuss joint LCC and LCMS work in Latin America. Since 1997, the LCC has been engaged in mission work in Nicaragua. In 2008, the Iglesia Luterana Synod de Nicaragua (ILSN) was founded. In May 2014, The LCMS and Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC) signed a protocol agreement May 13 in Chinandega, Nicaragua, with the Lutheran Church—Synod of Nicaragua (Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua, or ILSN) that allows for an expansion of mission work in the Central American country. The agreement outlines how the LCMS, LCC and ILSN will communicate, coordinate and work together in this mission endeavor. The agreement is not altar and pulpit fellowship, but a working understanding on how the three parties will interact. The meeting in Winnipeg, Canada, was to discuss the cooperative work of the LCC and the LCMS.

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Pictured: Rev. Theodore Krey, LCMS Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean; Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of the Lutheran Church of Canada; Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations; Deaconess Cherie Auger, missionary to Nicaragua / Honduras; Rev. Edward Auger, missionary to Nicaragua / Honduras; Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, LCC Director of Missions & Social Ministry Services.

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Dr. Neitzel and Rev. Auger discuss the work in Nicaragua and Honduras. The Augers are LCMS missionaries who are seconded to the LCC for their work in Latin America. The three-way agreement between the LCC-LCMS-ILSN provided the framework for this joint work.

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President Robert Bugbee gives his greetings to his brothers and sisters in Christ from the LCMS.

Both the LCC and the LCMS thank the Lord for our close relationship and we pray that the Lord of the harvest would bless our joint work together around the world.

—Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations