An Adventist goalkeeper recently declined to play for the team flying in the wrecked aircraft because of his beliefs
The leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South American region expressed his condolences after a plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team and a considerable number of reporters crashed in a rugged area south of the Colombian city of Medellín Monday night.
Pastor Erton Köhler, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, expressed regret over the tragic accident which, according to various media reports, claimed the lives of at least 76 people. Most of the passengers of the charter flight were players and managers of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, on their way to play the first final of the South American Cup against a Colombian team.
Ressurreição’s important saves as a goalkeeper prompted the Brazilian Football Confederation to name him the Series C “Goalkeeper of the Year.” Shortly after that, the Chapecoense team offered him the contract that would have doubled his salary.
“I am at peace because my life is in the hands of God,” Ressurreição declared weeks before becoming unemployed. “The Lord has already shown in the past that He will take care of me.”
We cannot help but mourn with those bereaved over the recent air disaster. At the same time, Ressurreição may well be pondering on how a decision he made many months ago has saved him from being part of this horrible tragedy.
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