International Partners is a multifaceted division at the Institute of Lutheran Theology. We work with officers of denominations in other countries on establishing schools, and teaching at the certificate level, which is the best option for the majority of their students.
International Partners’ mission is to address the growing demand for international education and connect with sponsors who envision a faithful, growing Lutheran church. Together we are working to:
Train international students currently in North America
Encourage collaboration between groups and cultivate support for mission projects
Provide resources to train pastors, evangelists and church workers
Create awareness in North America of the benefits of working globally
Because of the differences between our economy and developing countries, students in other countries cannot afford to study here and their officials do not have the finances to pay for educators to come to them. We need individual donors and churches to provide for scholarships and donate toward mission trips. We have an urgent need for scholarship funds for international students already registered with us. We also need pastors and professors who can secure funds through their churches and schools to go on mission trips or to teach short-term intensive courses.
Please make a secure donation at this time using Click and Pledge. Below are examples of our international work. Thank you.
Our Work To Date
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Lutheran Church of South Sudan
International Partners works with the North American Advisory Board of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan and the Academic Dean of Trinity to augment the curriculum by sending teachers and church workers every summer.
In April 2016 Rev. Eric Jonas Swensson traveled to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar on a fact-finding trip that included teaching a two-day seminar on basic Lutheran theological concepts. Rev. Samuel Chim is the leader of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Cambodia, and Rev. Martin Lalthangliana leads Lutheran Church of Myanmar (LCM). Funds are needed to initiate seminary programs in both countries. LCM launched Myanmar Institute of Lutheran Theology in June, 2017 and they have an immediate need for supporters to help them finish construction of classrooms and additional funding of their residential seminary program.
Abdul Messiah is our student from India. He is an administrator of Shaliach Bible College in Kerala. Shaliach desires Lutheran theological training for its students and staff. They desire one day to be the Indian Institute of Lutheran Theology. This is an enormous opportunity for Lutheranism and ILT is happy to partner with this school that New Hope Mission Society helped launch a number of years ago. India is of course a huge country with over 1.2 billion citizens of which over 1 billion do not yet know Jesus Christ. Many partners are needed for work in India!
We have known opportunities to work in Mexico and South America as well as other countries in Africa and Asia, but we cannot begin until more churches come forward and offer their help. If you would like more information on working together, please contact Leon Miles at (319) 471-6260 or
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International Partners Staff
Director of International Partners