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.
“The Seventh-day Adventist family in South America is praying for the families affected by this horrendous tragedy,” said Köhler. “We sincerely pray that the peace and the hope that only God can give may strengthen the families of the players, reporters, and others travelling in the plane that crashed in Colombia.”
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.
While it would be unwise to speculate on the nature and purpose of the latest senseless air tragedy, it is clear now that Ressurreição never imagined how real his assertion would eventually become.
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