Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We are LATTE

The LATTE team (Latin American Traveling Theological Educators) was organized and called to serve in July of 2003, and began its work of traveling and teaching the next January. We are an arm of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) under the administrative committee for Latin America of the Board for World Missions. We travel to serve in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Bolivia and Brazil as well as other countries. Our purpose is to serve the national churches of each country teaching theology to their ministerial candidates and church leaders.

We are a group of four professors with nearly 100 years of combined experience in Spanish-speaking missions: Professors Larry, Lorenzo,  Philip,  and Natán. We teach all branches of theology; Biblical, systematic, historical and practical. In each country we visit our purpose is the same: train present and future church leaders for the public ministry of their churches. We firmly believe that our pastors need a complete and in-depth education so we offer a complete course of seminary studies to instruct the candidates for all the challenges that we face as laborers in our Lord’s vineyard. We give classes in the Biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek. We include instruction in hermeneutics (the interpretation of the Scriptures) so that the pastors can teach any part of the Bible with authority and certainty. We offer classes in the whole Bible, some parts exegetically, where we see all the verses and each word in detail. 

There are also practical studies in homiletics, pedagogy and all aspects of pastoral work. We study the history of God’s people from the creation of the world till the present. And Bible doctrine receives special attention in dogmatics courses. God’s word tells us that a pastor must be “able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2), and able “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12). We request your prayers for God’s blessings on our team and our work.

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