On the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico (PR), Pastor Manuel serves a congregation in San Juan and another in Humacao as Pastor Sergio serves the Guayama congregation. One seminary student, Eligio, is getting close to his completion of seminary courses. During the past two years, he has been studying online via Skype with a LATTE professor.
Professor Natán& Seminary Student Eligio at WELS Synod Convention -- July, 2011
This month, Professor Larry is teaching Eligio one of his courses on-site in Humacao, PR.
Seminary Student Eligio & Professor Larry
This teaching trip is a great opportunity for face to face interaction between teacher and student while also providing encouragement to Eligio. Often times, seminary students in Latin America do not have fellow classmates in the same city or even country. That is one of the many benefits of LATTE trips in letting the student know they are not alone and also a chance for the teacher to see his student 'in action' as he serves his local congregation.
At the WELS Synod Convention in July, 2011, the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Puerto Rico was formally recognized as an independent sister church in full fellowship with WELS. Contact with this church will continue through the Commission on Inter-Church Relations (CICR).