Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-09-30

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will host a service commemorating the martyrdom of Latin American religious leader Romulo Saune in a special service Tuesday (OCT. 4) at 11 a.m. in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel. The public is invited.

Saune (1953-1992), a leader among the Quechua tribal people in his native Peru and a skilled linguist, helped translate the entire Bible into the Quechua language. He received the first Religious Liberty award from the World Evangelical Fellowship for his tireless and courageous efforts to proclaim the gospel among his people.

Suane was murdered by a terrorist group known as The Shining Path in 1992.

The late Romulo Saune's brother, Rev. Joshua Saune, will be the guest speaker at the event. Joshua Saune is an ordained minister in the Missionary Church, USA, and the founder and president of the Fellowship of Quechua Churches and Pastors.

The event is the third in a series of commemorative services to honor six 20th century martyrs who are memorialized in statuary in Hodges Chapel. The late Ugandan archbishop Janani Luwum and the late Iranian bishop Haik Hovsepianmehr were previously honored.


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