Accompanying Espirito Santo and Belem Synod -IECLB
In the first week of February 2017 citizenship of Espírito Santo have been experiencing the pain and fear caused by the lack of public safety due to the strike and paralysis of the Military Police throughout the state. The news reported that several shops were looted; cars and motorcycles stole; people assaulted in the street, and several killed. As a result, public transportation in Greater Vitória was paralyzed, preventing workers from reaching their jobs; schools, banks, public agencies, and commerce, in general, were closed. The streets are deserted, and persons gathered at home, afraid. Citizenship suffered total insecurities and unprecedented violence.
The leaders of the Espirito Santo and Belen Synod Joaninho Borchardt and Pastor João Paulo Auler sent a pastoral letter dated 09/02/2017 affirming that the “as part of the Lutheran communion, we repudiate every kind of violence and reinforce the Christian message of promoting peace among people. In the midst of this scene of pain and fear, we cry out for the mercy of God and desire that Zechariah's dream comes true: "“Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. 5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there. " (Zech. 8: 4-5).
We ask our brothers and sisters in faith to intercede for the citizenship of Espiritu Santo (capixaba people), so that peace may reign among us, Zacarias' dream is also our dream, to make the city and collective spaces a place of safety and coexistence. Unfortunately, we still can not do it without the police and the law.