New York, NY – November 19, 2013
WEA is delighted to announce the formation of a new Latin Evangelical Alliance (Alianza Evangélica Latina). “The potential of this new Alliance is enormous, particularly in Latin America, with all its energy and large numbers of evangelicals, but with enormous social, political, economic and spiritual challenges,” says Gordon Showell-Rogers, Associate Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance.
The new Alliance has sent the following release:
"Representatives from 21 countries have just met in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the Ibero-American Forum for Evangelical Dialogue (FIDE). At this meeting, FIDE has been transformed into the LATIN EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE (LEA), designed to represent all Latin American Evangelical Alliances, and strengthen evangelical unity in Spain and Latinos in the United States.
Leaders came from national Alliances in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, and from networks in Spain, and the United States.
The event was attended by Gordon Showell-Rogers and Rob Brynjolfson, Associate Secretary General and Director of the Leadership Institute of the World Evangelical Alliance. The WEA welcomed the establishment of the new Alliance and offered its full support.
The Latin Evangelical Alliance is to be an instrument of unity, and aims to:
- Promote the values of the Bible
- Act as the representative voice of its members.
- Make pronouncements on matters of common interest
- Strengthen national Evangelical Alliance and their relationships.
- Stand together as witnesses and contribute to the development of theological thought.
- Participate in forums to defend religious freedom, and the causes of peace and justice.
- Equip the Church to be an agent of social-spiritual transformation.
At this gathering the Board, was chosen and Pastor Alberto Solorzano was appointed as President. Pastor Solorzano is the current President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Honduras and the Evangelical Confederation of Central America. Pastor Solórzano will work with a Secretary Agustin Aguilera (Bolivarian countries), and Cirilo Cruz (Mexico), Jorge Taverna (Uruguay) and representatives from Spain, Brazil and the USA."
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.