LATINO Mission Society began in 2005 when Pastor Gregory Lorenz joined forces with other Lutheran churches in Southwest Detroit in order to serve the Hispanic People of Mexican Town, Detroit, Michigan. Through the years it has been a vehicle of outreach for this concentrated area, through the former West Bethlehem Lutheran Church building and the congregation meeting there weekly called Pan De Vida. There was also activity with English classes Northeast of Detroit.
Pastor Gregory Lorenz was the Executive Director of LATINO Mission Society (LMS) until he recently took a call to serve as Pastor of a church in Texas. Upon his relocation he, the LMS board of directors, and the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod agreed and voted to appoint Samuel Orozco as the new Executive Director LATINO Mission Society.
The LMS headquarters is now in an area North of Lansing in order to begin the larger vision of reaching Hispanic people in the farming communities, who are often over-looked and under-served.
There is a clear vision to build LMS into a Mission Society that ministers to Hispanic people throughout the entire State of Michigan, not just in major cities, where often there is outreach activity already present. It is our goal to create, encourage & develop Hispanic Ministry throughout Michigan. The following three ways will bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to these communities of Hispanics:
Help them navigate a foreign culture (Cultura)
Connecting them to each other (Communidad)
Connecting them to Jesus (Cristo)