At its 1994 assembly, the Southeastern Minnesota Synod voted to enter into a companion relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Colombia (Iglesia Evangelica Luterana de Colombia – IELCO). At that time there were 12 organized Lutheran congregations in Colombia. Today IELCO is made up of 25 congregations. This partnership has made the purchase of a house and farm for the Lutheran School of Theology and a retreat center possible. The School of Theology opened in February of 2000. Our ELCA missionaries in Colombia are Curtis and Katie Kline.