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ILCO 2008 Christmas Message


ILCO 2008 Christmas Message
english12Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We've lived and shared many things during 2008. Activities have framed a commemorative year, one of struggles and hopes: a 20th anniversary full of color and happiness, the ordinations of pastors and Ministers of Holistic Mission, the naming of the First Lutheran Bishop in Costa Rica, and many activities with children, women, youth, immigrants, indigenous peoples, campesinos (peasant farmers) and laborers.
Activities of note included actions carried out before the Legislative Assembly, in which ILCO defended the rights of indigenous peoples, women, and immigrants; a law recognizing unions of cohabitation, which secures the right to sexual diversity; and also the process of a possible renegotiation of the Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) that comes with the arrival of a new U.S. President. Through all of this journey, we have been animated by the love that Jesus manifests to us in the Gospel, because we continue to defend what we believe.

This would not be possible without a team that works with so much devotion and commitment like that of the Costa Rican Lutheran Church. The same is seen in the solidarity of the fraternal churches and institutions that support us. Together with the Communities of Faith, we work hand in hand to build signs of the Kingdom, such as justice and equity.

Thanking God and all of our brothers and sisters for the support received during the year 2008, I send you a warm embrace and the wish that this upcoming year be of unity and prosperity for all of you, your families, neighbors and friends, and to the countries from which we come.

May the difficulties in which humanity lives be illuminated by the Love and Hope of that small child that God shows us each Christmas, and may the ties of Solidarity and Friendship unite us always.

Bishop Melvin Jimenez M.
Iglesia Luterana Costarricense

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