Colombia Accompaniment Report

Colombia Accompanier Report: We Still Live in Fear

The farmers told us that it was a regular day. They had waked up early to work, to do their regular stuff. But just like that, members of the paramilitary killed three men of their community of La Alemania. At the beginning the farmers were confused. However, they did know one thing: they needed to flee. If they stayed, they could be killed next.

Colombia Accompanier Report: How Can I Extend Peace When Everything I Represent is War?

The more time I've spent in countries like Colombia, the more it is clear to me that I arrive under the tent that someone else has built. To understand this analogy, one need only turn to the story and its history.

Colombia Accompanier Report: Imagine...

Who doesn’t know John Lennon’s peace anthem? In Colombia perhaps people can stop listening to the song of his dream of peace because it’s not a dream here anymore. The historic Havana Accords were signed this week and the image was broadcast live across the country followed by an address to the nation by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Fasting

By Lynne Santangelo and Jean Fontaine
June 27, 2016

We encountered a practice in Currulao that was very new to us. We were eating breakfast in the pastor's open living area when a group of people greeted us and filed into the church.

"Are they meeting?" we asked.

"They are fasting."


"Yes, they come without breakfast, pray, sing, and read scripture from 8 to noon."

"Okay. How often?"

"Well, usually once a week, but I think they're coming every day this week."

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Talk on the Streets

Lynne Santangelo and Jean Fontaine's Accompaniment Report - June 20, 2016

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Visiting August 25 in June

Lynne Santangelo and Jean Fontaine's Accompaniment Report - June 13, 2016

Colombia Accompaniment Report: A Visit from Carlota

Lynne Santangelo and Jean Fontaine's Accompaniment Report - June 6, 2016

This is our third full day in Apartadó and our first chance to join the pastor in visiting families in their homes. As we walked along the dirt streets, avoiding puddles from the storm the night before, we saw children playing games we remembered from childhood, games like dodgeball (but using a weighted plastic bag) and kickball (using small plastic balls the size of grapefruit).

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Community in the Face of Capitalism

“No. I’m not scared when I travel with others,” he replied over his shoulder and over the rumble of the motorcycle as we bumped along on a dry dirt road, passing through the fields and acres that make up the community of La Alemania.

Colombia Accompanier Report: Visit to Finca San Juan Tocauga, San Juan Ciénega, Municipality of Luruaco, Atlántico Department April 6-8, 2016

El Tamarindo was a community of 123 families from 5 different Colombian provinces who had settled on 520 hectares of unused land on the periphery of Colombia’s third largest city, Barranquilla. Most had fled their small plots of land hundreds of miles away after family members and neighbors were murdered by paramilitaries, military, or guerrillas. El Tamarindo’s displaced families incorporated to secure legal standing before the state.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Gratitude

Ruth Noel and Chris Lieberman served in Colombia for a month (November 2015) as accompaniers with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC).  Their first three reports gave vivid descriptions of the troubling situation in that country, and now their final report is filled with gratitude and hope.  Thanks to Ruth and Chris and all those who have given of their time and resources to stand with the IPC.