Lutheran World Federation congratulates Ethiopian and Eritrean church leaders on peace agreement

By agency reporter
July 16, 2018

The news of the peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia is “a powerful message of peace to the world", writes the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary, the Rev Dr Martin Junge, in a letter to the Rev Simon Ghebrekristos and the Rev Yonas Y. Dibisa, leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.

Offering congratulations on behalf of the communion of churches on the 9 July 2018 peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, he wrote that the communion joins “you and your people in offering thanksgiving to God for the peace agreement that has been reached […] after almost two decades of war and closed borders. This comes as an answer to the prayers of people of God around the globe for many years.“

On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the first time in two decades.

The news of the peace agreement sends a powerful message to the world at a time when there is a discussion of increased budgets for military expenses among powerful nations, Junge further writes. “It comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace. We can’t but join the words of the prophet Isaiah “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Isaiah 52:7)”

Offering gratitude for the vital role of the churches in the follow up of the agreement, the General Secretary writes, “We can only imagine the importance of the role of the churches to express this agreement in tangible ways, and pray for God’s ongoing guidance for the churches to offer their own contributions towards peace. Please let us know how the LWF communion can walk with you, as you walk the paths of peace among your people.”

* Read the full letter here

* Lutheran World Federation https://www.lutheranworld.org/

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