Pérsida Gudiel became the first woman to be ordained by the Lutheran Church in Guatemala on Aug. 12. "I give thanks to God for having sent angels who have supported this 'little lamb' in everything, who was not wanted to lead any flock because of being a woman," Gudiel said in her sermon, as reported by the Latin America and Caribbean Agency for Communication. The Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala (ILAG), Guatemala's largest Lutheran church body led by Bishop Horacio Castillo, has been ordaining women since 1994. Of ILAG's 11 pastors serving in 18 rural and urban congregations, four are women. ILAG is a companion synod partner of two ELCA synods: Saint Paul Area Synod and Southeastern Synod.
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