Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


"God's compassion every where"
-- Rev. Karen Castillo, ILAG

The Reverend Karen Castillo (President of Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala - ILAG) and Mr. Diego Gil (Delegations Coordinator for ILAG) visited in the Unites States for 18 days, recently.   Their trip was filled with excitement about how we as the Southeastern Synod and the ELCA partner with ILAG in mission and ministry.  


Here is the letter she sent to Bishop Kevin Strickland, acknowledging some highlights from her trip, and expressing hope for the future partnerships that God will continue to oversee...

Bishop Kevin Strickland
Brothers and Sisters
Southeastern Synod

Galatians 6:9
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up"

Dear Children of our compassionate and merciful God:

We want to let you know that Diego and I arrived yesterday at 12:30 in Guatemala City. We had a very good flight.

Then last night, after a Bible Study, where we reflected about God's Compassion, and what it means, we couldn't stop thinking about our 18 days trip to the States.

After being in Knoxville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Chicago, and Austin, we could see and feel God's compassion in everywhere we visited.

We want to give thanks to all of you who attended the presentations, worship services, meetings, meals, Gala, and gatherings. We also want to give thanks for the ones who couldn't make it to any of this event and hold us in prayers.

During our time visiting and sharing God's work in Guatemala, we felt welcomed, and wewere able to feel the love all of you have for Guatemala.

We came back full of hope for the future and trusting God will continue bringing us together, allowing us to walk side by side serving God's people.

We want to let you know that the building we are looking at for the school is still available. While in Chicago we had several conversations, about the loan we are seeking from the ELCA. We are hopeful that the ELCA may soon provide a positive response to our request. We are full of gratitude as they have supported ILAG in many ways.

We also understand this will be the beginning of a big commitment, and our faith is in our Lord.

Thank you again for the opportunity we had to visit you all, for your time, and your willingness to continue exchanging experiences in this partnership that has strengthened our churches in many ways.

God's Peaçe!

Rev. Karen Castillo
Legal Representant
Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala -ILAG-

ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10



Trinity Lutheran Church
705 Wilson Ave, Tullahoma, TN 37388
For all youth in 6th through 12th grades

Cost?  $35 per person which includes Meals, Programming and an awesome t-shirt!  The registration fee is for both adults and youth.

Who Can Come?  This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD, but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.

We have a great weekend retreat planned for our youth! Friends are welcome at the event! Saturday afternoon, we have service projects and outdoor games planned. On Saturday evening we will worship as well as have some activities planned (and maybe a dance party). Sunday, we will worship with the Trinity congregation at their late service, and receive a blessing before heading back to our home congregations.


Please be sure to mark which of youth and adults attending would like to have leadership roles at this event.

Please download the Registration Packet for more details...



122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.