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Guatemalan Pastor and Leader of Numerous Churches is Assassinated

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Mar 21
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A prominent Guatemalan pastor has been assassinated, according to Charisma News.


Pastor Juan Saturnino Guachiac was reportedly assassinated on March 16. Charisma News did not have any details on why Guachiac was assassinated. 


Latin American Church of God Field Director David Ramirez received a report from Dr. Otoniel Collins, Superintendent for the Church of God over Central America, regarding Guachiac’s death.


Collins reported that Guachiac pastored a church in southwest Guatemala and was in the process of planting two more churches. Additionally, he oversaw 26 churches and numerous missions in the Quiché Region. 


Collins referred to him as “the most prominent leader of the Quiché Region. He loved his people and dreamed of furthering their development.”


“He was an outstanding leader," Collins continued. "We were supporting him for even a greater leadership, but violence took him away from us. We feel helpless and vulnerable in the face of the unstoppable violence that has taken hold of our country. The preparation of a leader like Saturnino takes at least 10 years; but coward assassins ended his life ... we hope this crime won't go unpunished." 


Guachiac was a widower at the time of his death. He is survived by his four adult children.




Publication date: March 21, 2016