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Bishop Atahualpa (Ata) Hernandez of the Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO) will visit the Southeastern Minnesota Synod from November 5-9. During his visit, Bishop Ata will connect with various people and ministries throughout the synod's geographical area. You are invited to greet Bishop Ata and hear about the amazing ministries of IELCO at one (or all!) of the following events:

  • Sunday, November 5, in Rochester. Hear updates on IELCO ministries at an evening dessert event at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (2830 18th Ave NW) from 6:30-8 PM.
  • Tuesday, November 7, in Northfield. Hear updates on IELCO ministries, including sponsorship of Venezuelan refugees, at an afternoon tea at Bethel Lutheran Church (1321 North Ave) from 2-3:30 PM.
  • Thursday, November 9, in Mankato. To appear as a guest at WELCOME's celebration of sponsorship at Christ the King (222 Pfau St) from 6-7:30 PM. (RSVP to Pastor Dave Reedstrom at by November 3.)

Any updates regarding these event details or additional opportunities to meet him will be added to this news post. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Kathy Chatelaine, Assistant to the Bishop for Global Ministry, at We hope to see you at one of the gatherings as we welcome Bishop Ata!