Welcome to the Florida-Bahamas Synod Webpage for Global Mission!
The ministry of the Global Mission Table (GMT) is to foster growth and deepen relationships with our Companion Churches and institution using the ELCA model of Accompaniment. We pray for our Companions, listen to them, and learn from them, as we share Christ and His love in our various contexts and cultures. When feasible, we visit each other to worship together and experience each other’s countries and cultures.
- The ELH – Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti
- The ELCG – Evangelical Lutheran Church of Guyana
- The ELKS – Evangelical Lutheran Kierke in Suriname
- The IECU-SL – Iglesia Evangelica Unida en Cuba – Sinodo Luterano
- The UTCWI – The United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) in Jamaica, a primary training facility for Lutheran clergy in the Caribbean
Our mission statement is as follows:
The Global Mission Table of the Florida-Bahamas Synod seeks to ignite and empower its congregations in boldly sharing Christ, passionately making disciples, and faithfully doing justice through accompaniment with our companion churches. Through these partnerships, we strive to encourage one another in faith through relationships, education, advocacy and service in witness to God’s love.
The Global Mission Table is made up of a roster of 18 members, including one of the Assistants to the Bishop. In addition, each companion relationship has a Team that focuses on just that relationship and reports to the Global Mission Table at their bi-monthly conference calls.
We welcome any and all individuals who may have a desire to work with our global church partners to join us in this ministry. While travel has not been able to occur during the pandemic, the companions nevertheless communicate and serve with each other.
For more information about joining the Global Mission Table or any of the companion Teams – please contact Rev. Kathryn Carroll (“Katie”) Chair, Global Mission Table at email@example.com or 305.505.1656.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
The Global Mission Table participated in the observance of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with churches throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. The 16 days began on November 25th, the day designated as the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ended on December 10th, the International Human Rights Day. This is a United Nation initiative to prevent and respond to a worldwide, systemic inequality that has affected women and girls.
Each day from November 25 to December 10, companion churches have posted via social media various prayers, stories, devotions, and images. These have been shared through the ELCA Global Mission and Lutheran Office for World Community Facebook pages. The Florida-Bahamas Synod participated on December 2 with our companion in Suriname, and on December 9 with our companion in Cuba. You can view the collaborations here and here.