Through regular financial support and prayer, Good Shepherd supports Stephen Deal, an ELCA pastor serving as a missionary in Central America, stationed in Costa Rica. Pastor Deal connects with our congregation when he is in the U.S. and sends periodic letters:
(Received Sept. 15, 2017)
Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings to all of you on Central American Independence Day here in Costa Rica. The long holiday weekend gives me a chance to send a missionary update that I’ve been trying to complete for some time.
For our sponsoring congregations in the mid-Atlantic region, this is not the first time that you have heard me refer to ELCA’s comprehensive AMMPARO strategy – adopted overwhelmingly at our Churchwide Assembly in August 2016.
It was the central topic of my home assignment visits in August 2016 (mostly in the state of PA) and again at the beginning of 2017 (in the Washington, DC, area).
For those of you in other parts of the U.S., I hope you have heard about AMMPARO through other channels. If not, I have the privilege of being the bearer of this Good News. If you are interested in more information read the AMMPARO News from Central America newsletter (pdf) or feel free to ask.
Finally, Marta and I continue to be grateful for your prayers, offerings & other expressions of support that make it possible for us to serve as ELCA missionaries here in Central America.
AMMPARO News from Central America newsletter, Sept. 2017 (pdf)
Visit the ELCA Global Mission website to learn more.