WELS continues to encourage and support a small group of Bolivian members who separated in fellowship from the Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (FIEL) and want to continue being instructed in sound biblical and confessional doctrine. This new Lutheran church, the Christian Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church (ICELC), is in full confessional agreement with all the doctrines of the Bible and with the Lutheran Confessions. Learn more about WELS mission history in Bolivia. 

For several years, Missionary Phil Strackbein and his wife, Kathy, served as resident missionaries in Bolivia. While there are no longer expatriate missionaries serving in Bolivia, the congregation continues to thrive and is self-supporting. It is actively collaborating with Academia Cristo to train future leaders and find ways to start new groups. For example, two Academia Cristo students are currently gathering new groups in different parts of the country. God willing, these groups will grow into congregations that will enjoy fellowship with the ICELC. We praise God that the gospel continues to be extended in Bolivia!  

Fast Facts

  • Baptized national members: 48
  • Number of congregations: 1
  • Preaching stations: 2
  • Called workers serving in Bolivia: 4
  • Students being training for service to the church: 8

Praying for Bolivia

Please pray for this church body as it works to conform its teachings to the Scriptures and put Biblical doctrine into practice and for its members, who are taking courses.


Consider supporting this mission field with your prayers and gifts to the Latin America special projects fund.


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