Evangelical Church of the River Plate
The 45th Synodal Conference and 24th Ordinary General Assembly of the Evangelical Church of the Río de la Plata, with the motto “Reborn for a living hope,” was held in Eldorado, Misiones, Argentina, 6-9 October.
In a greeting, Sauca expressed deep thankfulness for the invitation to attend the conference, and reflected that the theme was very timely in today’s world. “Our hope is not empty,” he said. “It is based on God and that is why his hope will not disappoint us.”
The synod re-elected Pastor Leonardo Schindler as pastor president, who will be in office until 2026. He was first elected as pastor president in October 2018. He currently also serves as president of the Argentine Federation of Evangelical Churches.
A final message from the synod read: “We feel called by God to open doors, to build bridges and to be instruments of the one who in Jesus Christ calls us to be reborn for a living hope, strengthening us to lift up and infect others.”
Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil
The 33rd Churchwide Assembly took place in Cacoal, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, 19-23 October.
The presidency was re-elected: Rev. Silvia Beatrice Genz, presiding pastor; Rev. Odair Airton Braun, 1st vice-president; and Rev. Dr Mauro Batista de Souza, 2nd vice president.
Sauca sent greetings for a fruitful and meaningful assembly. “Your choice to hold the assembly in the heart of the Amazon rainforest is already a strong message on the urgency of caring for God’s creation,” he said. “As you gather in Cacoal, let us be reminded that we are all called to be stewards of God’s good creation."
A final message of the council read: “Under the theme of the Beatitudes, according to Matthew 5.3-12, we reflect on our Christian commitment in the face of pressing issues, such as the preservation of lives in the Amazon biome and the climate crisis in the world, respect for indigenous peoples, the dignity of future generations, the experience of just relationships between people and peace in all of God's creation. Jesus Christ makes us uncomfortable when he announces that ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’ (Matthew 5:6) and invites us to participate in building his Kingdom as peacemakers.”