From Fleeing the Death Squad in El Salvador to Lutheran Pastor — Pastor Pedro Portillo Shares His Story

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Today, I’m delighted to share the courageous story of Pastor Pedro Portillo. In the 1980’s, Pastor Portillo fled persecution by a paramilitary group called Death Squad in El Salvador. Now a Lutheran pastor at Iglesia Luterana La Transfiguracion (The Transfiguration Lutheran Church) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pastor Pedro tells of his life in El Salvador before he fled, and how all Americans play a role in creating a stronger, more welcoming and just society. This interview was conducted by Folabi Olagbaju, LIRS National Grassroots Director, and Clarissa Perkins, LIRS Marketing Project Manager. Clarissa Perkins (CP): Can you tell us a bit about your journey to the United States as an immigrant? Pastor Pedro Portillo (PP): I came to the United States in 1980 … [Read More...]

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