Pastor Alvien De Guzman, a native Filipino, was not looking to start a new church. Instead he was looking to be faithful to God’s Word and the Lutheran Confessions. When the congregation to which he was called in metro Manila began practicing open communion and allowing women to serve as preachers, he and his family made the difficult choice of breaking fellowship with the church body he had always called home. In 2014, De Guzman reached out to WELS World Missions via email, asking if we would consider doing mission work in the Philippines. Thus began WELS’ affiliation with Law and Gospel Lutheran Church and our joint efforts to bring the message of God’s grace in Christ to a country in which 81% of the population is Catholic. Learn more about WELS mission history in the Philippines.
From his congregation in Novaliches, a suburb of Manila, Pastor De Guzman is using WELS support to expand and extend the outreach of the gospel. In the wake of COVID-19, worship services are being livestreamed to members and prospects alike. Through the TELL network, video devotions are posted online for consumption throughout the Philippines and beyond. The WELS Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) is currently providing training for two men who are eager to conduct outreach in their provinces of Laguna and Davao. WELS Multi-Language Productions is working with Pastor De Guzman to translate Luther’s Catechism and other materials into the local languages of Tagalog and Cebuano. WELS Christian Aid and Relief is providing humanitarian aid to support to member families who are the poorest of the poor.
- Law and Gospel Lutheran Church is located in Novaliches (Quezon City), but conducts satellite ministries in Bacoor City (Cavite), Davao City (Mindanao) and San Pedro City (Laguna).
- The Philippines is the 13th most populous country in the world.
- Due to the popularity of Facebook and other social media sites, the Philippines has been called “The Social Networking Capital of the World.”