Susan Ferguson is overseas personnel serving with the Program of Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia. She writes:
Colombians take intense pride in tradition and a rich array of cultures. Colombia is also a place of violence stemming from long-standing conflicts between the state and guerrilla groups and from a thriving drug trade. There are wide divisions between the very wealthy and the very
poor. Widespread hunger and poverty are simple facts of life for many. There is lack of trust in those in authority. And the people are weary. Every day people are forced out of the countryside by paramilitary attacks and the takeover of land by large corporations, including traditional land belonging to Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. Every day, displaced people arrive in cities without work, housing, community support, or traditional ways of growing and using
Three Mission and Service partners in Colombia work for peace with justice. The Colombian Methodist Church carries out social ministries among displaced people and in Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. The Centre for Popular Communication trains children, youth, women, and young journalists in new ways of collaboration, creating a “culture of peace.” The Justice and Life Project, headed by human rights defender Lilia Solano, is directly involved in
political processes that draw government, guerrillas, and civil society organizations into peace talks.
Your gifts for Mission and Service are working for peace in Colombia. Please give generously. Mighty and tender God, our gifts to M&S help your church to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you.