Context is so important in ministry. Today, our final day of our trip we spent time with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. We learnt how the church developed its own theology best suited to its Latin American context.
The Theology of Life. A system of scripturally based principles grounded in practicality with a preferential option for the poor. A theology which sees value in each human life and sees the task of theology to embrace all aspects of life holistically. We witnessed seminarians and pastors who take up this theology by responding to trauma of this countries civil war by being trained in trauma counseling techniques. They use the theology of life to help the people heal from the trauma of everyone who is over 30 remembering someone who was killed by the civil war. A truly contextual and wholistic theology.
We said our goodbyes to the seminarians and the Lutheran Bishop, an inspiring church leader (and celebrated three birthdays too.)
We then spent time with an elected representative for the left wing FMLN party. We asked tough questions and we got a hard hitting glimpse into the political situation in El Salvador.
We finished the day supporting local artists and street sellers in a night market and had a final dinner meal together sharing in the joy of remembering how this trip has impacted us. We thanked our guides and translators and exchanged our contact information so we can continue to be in solidarity with their struggle.
And as we prepare to make the journey home I am thankful for the holy road my fellow pilgrims and I have travelled on. We stripped away all pretense, we saw each other truly and we listened in divinely present ways to the stories of others.