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Update from Mario Seiglie in Mexico City

[Written July 8, 2010]

Dear Brethren,

Greetings from Mexico City.

This past Sabbath there were 124 brethren that met in a rented hall in Santiago, Chile, and were able to hear Mr. Dennis Luker’s sermon and a simultaneous Spanish translation of his message. They were so uplifted by it, and many of them even stayed three more hours fellowshipping. Nobody wanted to leave and the place was positively charged with spiritual energy. Jaime Gallardo, the new pastor and president of the Chilean national council, gave the sermonette and encouraged the brethren by mentioning how we are here to serve and not to be served.

We are going to continue forward, under the direction of Mr. Luker, who is the interim Regional Director of the Spanish area. The Latin American region of UCGIA will rise again, spiritually stronger and more united under the guidance of the president and the Council of Elders, as this area once chose to be governed in 1995. There will be a Feast of Tabernacles in Chile for all the brethren to attend, and we are looking into other Spanish areas as well. The brethren will not be forsaken or neglected.

I would like to reiterate here what the President and COE sent me to do in Latin America. It was not to deal with some local or family matters in Chile, but to go through Latin America and explain to the brethren the reasons for the removal of Leon Walker as Regional Director.

Unfortunately, things escalated in Chile when I was barred from a meeting at our Church building by the local ministry. One of the reasons they did not want me present was that, in the meeting they did not allow me to attend, they read Mr. Walker’s letter saying he was not going to accept his removal as Regional Director and that he would continue in his capacity as Regional Director over the Latin ministry whether he would be a part of UCGIA or not. Those are his statements, not mine. This is a complete disregard of the orders from his superiors and a call to separate from the organization. He claims he has much support from members and ministers around the world, but no evidence has been forthcoming. Most of the local ministry in Chile supported him and then proceeded to form, along with other Latin ministers, their own organization called the “United Church of God of Latin America,” and now have their own Web site.

It was after these subsequent events that the President and interim Regional Director of the Latin areas, Dennis Luker, finally decided to remove the local pastor, Saul Langarica, from his responsibilities. This is according to the Chilean Constitution and Statutes of the United Church of God–Chile where the Regional Director of UCGIA has the authority to do so. Also some of the decisions the former pastor had made regarding the suspensions of certain members in the Santiago congregation were halted pending the review of each of the cases by the new pastor, Jaime Gallardo Casas.

My wife Caty and I are now in Mexico City dealing with similar situations, and, God willing, will be traveling to other Latin nations in the near future.

We would appreciate all your prayers,

Mario Seiglie—Representative of the President and Director of the Spanish Areas of the UCGIA.

July 11, 2010 - Posted by | Home Office, President's Office |


  1. Thanks for the update Mario. You are in our prayers.

    Comment by Janet Treadway | July 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thankyou for the update. Our prayers are with all Brethren amid the many “Forest Fires of Trial”. Satan is the arsonist.
    Jim on the Hill

    Comment by Jim Lapp | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thank you for the update. Please continue to serve God and as with all of us, have a servants heart to do the will of God and we know that these situations will work themselves out.

    Comment by Dan M | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and all our Spanish speaking brethren. Thank you for timely information.

    Comment by Valgene Maurer | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thank you for your faithful service to the work of God. Our prayers are with you in your travels and the success of your mission to unify the brethren.

    Comment by Sandra | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  6. I was actually very encouraged by this report. Off out on my bike now, I really hope things settle down soon.

    Comment by paul spenser | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  7. May God grant you all you need. You’re in my prayers as well as the rest of us, especially here in your local flock. Thanks for the update and all your efforts. You are truly “filling in the gap,” and I admire and appreciate you for your kindness and service. God bless and be with you and Caty.

    Comment by Mike Masten | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  8. Mario and Caty Seiglie, thank you for your dedication in going about our Father’s business. The update is appreciated. We will continue to pray and fast for strength to be given to all of the brethren being affected by this upheaval. This issue will be resolved by Christ who is the head of this Church and has been given the responsibility over ALL by The Father.

    Comment by Marta Cedeño | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. The ZEAL of our Father’s House must CONSUME us just as it did His Holy One, the Son of man – we have a LIVING VISION, as He did, of who we are and where we are going and how to get there – with our Father’s Holy Spirit and the Son of man as Head to the Church, who is great in power, might and strength, we will succeed in the tasks they have set before us to be a WITNESS to all nations – may our Father and His Holy One pour out their Spirit upon us in the way of their love and with their vision and with a ZEAL of proclaiming the GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO THE WORLD. Mario, our Father and His Holy One are with you and the angel of your presence who comes in and goes out before you.

    Comment by dwight s. stewart | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  10. Dear Mr.& Mrs. Seiglie, thank you so much for your update and your dedication in your service to God and His church. We will be praying for you and all our brethren as you continue to help lead God’s people in our Spanish areas.

    Comment by Kathleen Hansen | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  11. Gracias por la actualización, POR FAVOR siga adelante, y le damos gracias a Dios, que por fin se hizo algo contra el ahora EX Director Regional, el abuso y la prepotencia de ese hombre ya eran demasiado…. Nuestras oraciones siguen con usted y todo el Consejo de Ancianos…

    Comment by pati | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  12. Mr. Seiglie:
    Thank you for this update and for carrying on “the spiritual warfare of the Lord”. Our prayers are with you, Mr. Luker, and the Council of Elders, in this battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of our Spanish brethren. The Adversary is strong and deceitful, yet Psalms 34:19 says “Many are the afflictions (trials) of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him (and us) out of them all!

    Comment by Gary Loo | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  13. Mr. Seiglie,
    Thank you for the update. Our prayers are with you, Caty, Mr. Luker and the COE. We miss you both very much.

    The Wallace’s

    Comment by Donna Wallace | July 13, 2010 | Reply

  14. Thank You very much Mr. Seiglie, thank you for continuing to serve God so faithfully. You, and your family, are a wonderful example to the church!

    Comment by Thomas Wilson | July 16, 2010 | Reply

  15. Thank you, Mr. Seiglie, for your report on the situation in Latin America. There are indeed many people who would wish to spread a deceptive view of matters, accuse you falsely of unethical behavior, and support a spirit of rebellion throughout United. Thanks for your continued work, despite the harsh personal attacks, and may God strengthen and bless your efforts throughout all of Latin America.

    Comment by Nathan Albright | July 18, 2010 | Reply

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