Latin America

The primary focus of our Latin American mission team is Academia Cristo. Academia Cristo is a multi-faceted effort which seeks to 1) make disciples in Latin America by sharing the message of God’s grace with as many people as possible, 2) identify and train potential leaders, and 3) encourage those leaders to make disciples who make disciples. The Spanish-language website offers video and audio Bible studies and live online training to reach out to non-Christians as well as to teach Latin American church members how to share their faith.

Academia Cristo Statistics

  • 1.3 million followers on Facebook
  • 40,000 – 50,000 people visit the website each week
  • More than 323,000 Biblical resources (music, studies, movies, etc.) have been downloaded
  • More than 6,500 people have requested training
  • More than 1,600 people have participated in live, online courses
  • More than 60 people are contributing in different ways to the work of Academia Cristo
  • 25 different people have taught Academia Cristo courses (nationals and WELS missionaries)

Visit academiacristo.com to see how WELS’ Latin America missions team is reaching out with the gospel.

Academia Cristo Facebook Followers

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Mexico – 228,486
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Venezuela – 227,893
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Colombia – 116,166
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Peru – 101,207
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*United States – 89,264
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*Ecuador – 84,191
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Argentina – 82,837
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*Paraguay – 73,504
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Bolivia – 62,931
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Dominican Republic – 58,154
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Nicaragua – 41,772
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El Salvador – 34,257
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Guatemala – 34,157
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Honduras – 29,406
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Chile – 19,196
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Costa Rica – 7,506
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Uruguay – 5,087
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Panama – 3,976
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Brazil – 3,301
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Puerto Rico – 2,455
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Cuba – 403
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Belize – 249
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Trinidad and Tobago – 211
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Haiti – 127
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Guyana – 115

Latest news

Get the latest resources and materials from Latin America at missions.welsrc.net.

Videos

Other National Church Partners

WELS Missions also partners with sister synods and independent churches throughout Peru and Chile. Synods in both of these countries are directly supported by our mission partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) and are thereby in fellowship with WELS through the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), a worldwide fellowship of confessional Lutherans. Visit ELS world outreach page to learn more about work in Peru and Chile. To learn more about the CELC and other mission partners, visit celc.info.

Mission Partners

PICTURES OF LATIN AMERICA

Browse through and share pictures of Latin America, taken by WELS missionaries and national workers.