News from the Lutheran Church in El Salvador
The Lutheran Church of El Salvador began in the 1950s and today is a vibrant Central American Church. El Salvador is a country whose 12 year civil war claimed an estimated 75,000 lives, and speaking out in opposition to the government can be a serious crime. The church has long believed that service and advocacy on behalf of the poor are fundamental to the Church mission. The Lutheran Church of El Salvador is focusing attention on three basic human rights in the aftermath of the civil war and with ongoing human rights violations in El Salvador. The Truth, Justice, and Peace project is working for the people’s right to the truth, the right to justice, and the right to amends with regards to the events during the civil war and the continued torture, execution, and disappearance of people even today.Read more
A Ministry Into the Void: Emmanuel Baptist Church in El Salvador on Reopening the Country in Times Of COVID-19
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away."
Revelations 21:3-5 (NRSV)Read more
A group of representatives from different churches, parishes, grassroots communities, ecumenical Christian organizations met some weeks ago to consider the state and progress regarding the "Special Law of Transitional and Restorative Justice for National Reconciliation," submitted before the Legislative Assembly for due approval. The road for the approval of that law has been tortuous. However, as churches and believers in Jesus Christ and His Gospel, they want to assume their responsibility to contribute for the reconciliation of the Salvadorian society. They decided to make a public stance in favor of the approval of the Law. Here is their statement:Read more
The Salvadoran Lutheran Synod, through the Bishop, Medardo Gómez, sends blessings and greetings to siblings everywhere, remembering the true meaning of these Christmas holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy 2020.
El Sínodo Luterano Salvadoreño, por medio del Obispo, Medardo Gómez, envía sus bendiciones y saludos para los hermanos y hermanas por doquier, recordando el verdadero sentido de estas fiestas navideñas. Feliz navidad y prospero 2020.Read more
We are always amazed at how quickly time goes by, and by looking back at my collaboration in El Salvador, I realize that everything has revolved around peacebuilding. A drop of water, a grain of sand, and a desire for collective construction!Read more
Two partners of Global Ministries (the Salvadorian Lutheran Synod and the Emmanuel Baptist Church) and two Mission Personnel (Ricardo Mayol and Violeta Rocha) participated in a workshop in El Salvador, regarding peace and violence in the country and in Central America. There, more than 60 leaders from churches around the country reflected on how to understand the elements of violence present in the country and internationally as well as ways to promote peace.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17
Prayers for El Salvador:
We thank God for this woman hunched over from the Gospel of Luke, who impresses us with her strength to remain visible in spite of the bend in her back in religious and social spaces and at the same time invisible because of the reality of exclusion in her society and religion for 18 years.
We thank God for the Salvadoran women who have written a great part of the history of this country, many of them being invisible for the marks that violence has left and that still leaves on their bodies, and visible for their persistence in their faith, participation, and construction of peace.Read more
Representatives of social organizations participated in hearings on May 27th, 2019 conducted by the Political Commission of El Salvador´s Legislative Assembly. The purpose of the hearings was to receive papers and testimonies regarding the consideration of two bills that seek national reconciliation and transitional justice for the victims of the armed conflict in that country. The members of the Political Commission listened to the contributions of different associations and entities linked to the topic. The objective of the new bill of reconciliation is to replace the one enacted in 1993 which was declared unconstitutional in July 2016 by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ). The CSJ made this decision because it considered it contrary to the right to access justice, to judicial protection of fundamental rights, and because it violated the right to full reparation for the victims of the armed conflict.Read more
I arrived on December 8 of last year to El Salvador, my neighboring country to the north, with a similar history to that of my Nicaraguan people - with a war that left thousands dead or disappeared. These are hard-working and dignified people in search of daily bread. During the Season of Advent, the Emmanuel Baptist Church received me in affectionate and loving ways, and a sister generously gave me lodging in her home for the first two months. Now I live in the Youth Home, Cal Pipil in the Nahuatl language, a cultural project of the church.Read more
“Beware of practicing your piety before others to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. However, when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21 (NRSV)Read more