Companion Synods

The ELCA Companion Synod Program forges relationships between the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and companion churches around the world, fellow members of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

The South Dakota Synod, ELCA, is in companionship with two churches:

Sponsor an SD Synod Missionary!  

We have missionaries in both Nicaragua and Cameroon and you are invited to support their continued ministry.  For more information about missionary sponsorship, download the Hand in Hand Sponsors Guide and fill out the Missionary Sponsorship Covenant (fillable or printable).

Thanks for joining the many congregations, Women of the ELCA units, organizations and individuals who make a world of difference.

Our mission is to develop strong relationships between the SD Synod and the church body in Cameroon and in Nicaragua. Members of this committee are volunteers with a passion to walk with our brothers and sisters in Cameroon and Nicaragua to bring the Gospel to all and to alleviate injustice. Micah 6:8 “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God”.

If you need more information on our companion synod relationships please contact the Companion Synod Coordinator at

Companion Synod Coordinator


Nathalie Fida Lassang was raised in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon, and that is where her passion for service began. The Summer of 2008, the Lord called Nathalie outside of Cameroon to serve as a counselor at camp NeSoDak. Following that summer, Nathalie attended Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota with the help of donations from various Lutheran individuals and congregations across the United States and Canada. Nathalie was a recipient of a generous scholarship from the ELCA’s Global Missions, and that allowed her to obtain a doctorate in Medicine. Nathalie is dedicated to the church and her life’s goal is to serve the Lord Jesus by serving people with the gifts she has been given. She considers her roles as wife and mother her first ministry. Nathalie deems it an honor to have been granted the opportunity to serve the church in this new call.

Contact Nathalie by email: