Colombia Accompaniment Report

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Fundacion Semilleros de Paz SHALOM

There is a small social service project connected to the 3rd Presbyterian Church of Barranquilla called Sowers of Peace.  What began with half a dozen 5-7 year olds 6 years ago, is now a program of over 30 children, from 5-15 years old.  The children come faithfully after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and again on Saturday and Sunday for recreation, music, artistry, and Bible study.  Overall, this is a formation project.  The leader of the foundation, Catalina Bernal, is specific about the mission.  “Why are we here?” she asks the

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Let the Children Come to Me

By Ann Rosewall and Ruth Hamilton

Colombia Accompaniment Report: A Thank You Note to Lora and Linda

By Ann Rosewall

I am truly blessed to be with my accompaniment partner, Rev. Ruth Hamilton, of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.  With over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, Ruth brings to the table a wealth of information, political perspective that is best developed in the heart of the nation, and a heart for the culture and stories of individuals and their communities.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: It's Complicated

By Ann Rosewall and Ruth Hamilton

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Pensamientos en Colombia #1

When Latin American people speak there is an immediacy and directness to their words that feels different than in the US. As if we have been trained to talk in a way that covers some things up (the effect of nicer sheets and pillows?). Driving through the crowded and, yes, dirty streets, past homes and sidewalks that don’t seem to have been finished, you get the sense of seeing a world naked, in its original state, direct, without any fluff or pretense.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: The Morning After

We thought people would ask us to explain the vote for Trump, but no. They hugged us, expressed solidarity, and shared concerns about what this might mean for Colombia's peace process. Like many, we were reeling on the morning of November 9, 2016. We were grateful for the hugs and happy to listen rather than talk. Here are some comments and concerns we heard/read in the first post-election days (as translated/paraphrased by us).

Colombia Accompaniment Report: The True Value of Land

The families we visited at Maria Jacinta, in the countryside near San Juan de Tocagua, have all been displaced at least twice.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Isolated -- or Not?

During the weekend that accompaniers Janet Lowery and Tricia Lloyd-Sidle spent in La Alemania, there were three assassinations (and two additional attempts) on human rights defenders in Colombia.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Connectional Church in Colombia

There are 6.9 million forcibly displaced people in Colombia. Most of them are from rural areas and now living in urban areas. The government’s attempts to deal with this large displaced population have been woefully inadequate.

Colombia Accompanier Report: A Tale of Two Churches

By Sue Cossey and Jeffrey Todd
August 2016

Our first week in Urabá found us visiting Presbyterian clergy and congregations in Chigorodó, a city of 28,000 about 24 miles south of Apartadó, our home base.  Initially, we were hosted by Rev. Bernardino López and his family.  Rev. López is pastor at the Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel.  For two days we visited with congregants in the church and in their homes.