Gloria Dei partners with the church in Guatemala through a relationship with a Catholic mission at San Lucas Toliman, as well as with the Lutheran Church in Guatemala (ILAG). Through ILAG, we are partnered with El Mirador School, a grade school for children in Guatemala City. The congregation also supports a staff person in the Iringa Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Gloria Dei Guatemala Companionship Travel Dates
Gloria Dei’s global companions center around the spirit of accompaniment – “Walking together in solidarity that practices mutuality and interdependence in mission.” With our Lutheran companions at the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) and our Catholic ones in San Lucas Tolimán, we uphold the values of mutuality, inclusivity, vulnerability, empowerment, and sustainability. Unlike traditional “mission trips,” visits to our companion partners encourage the common goal of building relationships with our family in Christ.
October 28 – November 4, 2016
The Fall trip to visit companions in Guatemala falls directly during Day of the Dead and All Saint’s Day. The delegation will begin the trip with our companions at the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG), staying in the Lutheran Center and spending time with El Mirador School and La Resurrección Church in El Tuerto. Delegation members should anticipate worshiping and sharing a meal with La Resurrección, and planning a special activity to do with the school children at El Mirador.
The delegation will then travel to San Lucas Tolimán for Day of the Dead and All Saint’s Day. Our time with these long-standing companions through the New Ulm Diocese will include worship and service projects, such as reforestation, stove building, and other construction projects. A day trip may be scheduled during this time, such as a boat tour of Lake Atitlan or a trip to Antigua, before departing again from Guatemala City.
April 1 – 8, 2017
The Spring trip to visit our companions in Guatemala falls during Lent. This is also when Saint Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools have spring break, presenting the opportunity for high school students to experience accompaniment with our global companions in Guatemala.
The delegation will spend time with our companions at El Mirador School and La Resurrección Church in El Teurto through the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG). This may include worship, sharing meals, and other special activities or projects.
Time will also be spent in San Lucas Tolimán, worshiping and doing service projects such as stove building, reforestation, and more. A day trip may be planned during this time, such as a boat tour of Lake Atitlan and surrounding towns, or a trip to Antigua.
2015 Guatemala Trip Blog
Members of Gloria Dei are in Guatemala visiting our mission partners at San Lucas Mission and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala.Read Their Updates
2016 Trip Video
View our trip video from October 2016. A team of GDLC friends traveled to Guatemala during Day of the Dead and All Saint’s Day.Click for Video