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.
- 8000 Feet and Counting: the blog of Curtis and Katie Kline (link)
- Mount Olive Lutheran Church’s blog about their experience in Colombia (link)
- Historical background of IELCO (link)
- Resolution 1994:01 (link)
- Companion Covenant 1994-1998 (link)
- Companion Covenant 1998-2001 (link)
- Companion Covenant 2001-2004 (link)