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Peacemaking in secret

I marveled at Lutheran diplomacy at work

Soldiers lined the streets, sirens wailed and helicopters flew overhead. Security in Guatemala City was tight for the signing of a peace agreement that ended Central America's longest civil war. Yet the mood was festive as Guatemalans arrived by the truckloads to dance and cheer in the city's main plaza, watching the signing on huge TV screens.

The signing was a long time in coming and probably wouldn't have happened without Lutherans--even in a country where we are virtually unknown. I marveled at what quiet Lutheran diplomacy had done, a story that could not be told before (see page 46). I had known for years what was underway, even receiving faxes from one of our pastors as Lutheran-sponsored secret meetings unfolded in Norway.


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