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On location in Nicaragua

Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan to spend three months helping new church

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan and President Louis Rivas of Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua A year after the founding convention of Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua, the church body will receive some hands-on administrative guidance. Lutheran Church–Canada’s interim mission executive and president emeritus, Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan leaves today to spend three months in Chinandega helping the year-old church develop long-term administrative structures. His wife Linda will join him in February.

“We take so much for granted here when it comes to organization,” remarked Dr. Mayan. “With no history of church organization in Nicaragua there is a need to develop such things as a clergy and diaconal roster, call documents, administrative policies and procedures.”

During his presidency, Dr. Mayan served as an advisor to LCC’s Committee on Constitutional Matters and Structure as it developed a new constitution and bylaws for consideration by the 2002 synodical convention. His experience in this area will be valuable to the new church in Nicaragua.

Dr. Mayan will also assist the new church as it begins developing a strategic plan for further advancement of the Gospel in their country. He will also work with LCC’s missionaries in Costa Rica and Honduras as they expand their outreach ministry. “As a student, one of my dreams was to serve in a foreign mission field,” Dr. Mayan recalls. “Now, near the end of my active ministry in the church, I have that opportunity, by God’s grace. I am indeed blessed.”

While in Nicaragua, Dr. Mayan will share regularly his experiences and observations at LCC On the Road where readers can comment, pose questions and provide encouragement. Currently, President Robert Bugbee is chronicling his experiences in Ukraine at the same website.

Dr. Mayan expects to live on the mission centre campus in Chinandega. He and his wife, Linda have spent the last six months studying Spanish to help with day-to-day life.

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