PPF Celebrates 100th Accompanier

More Volunteers Needed for Winter-Spring

Colombia Accompaniment, anyone? Our Summer accompaniers had an eventful time – present during teak-planting work in Urabá (that’s accompanier Ben Snipes at the front of the dugout,) and during national strikes and some very worrying human-rights issues.

Colombia AccompanimentA particular “shout-out” goes to accompanier Lora Burge, who spent a full 3 months alongside our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, helping teach a course at the Reformed University in June and then co-accompanying in both July (in Urabá) and August (in Barranquilla) – the latter at very short notice! And another “shout out” goes to Sergio Centeno, who in August became the one hundredth person to serve as an accompanier in our program.

One thing remains sure – that the program needs volunteers to serve. Sadly we have an “accompaniment gap” right now; it’s generally easier to find folks for the summer than for spring and fall. We need people who are 21 and over, with mature faith (but not necessarily Presbyterian), and ability to give a month of their time (after a long weekend of training) and to raise about $2,200 of support funds. We particularly need Spanish-speakers, but those who do not speak Spanish are also welcome to apply. (At least one of each pair must always a Spanish-speaker.) Do you have a big heart, and a willingness to listen, to encourage, and to share in others’ lives without feeling the need to “solve” their problems for them? Could this be you? Could you serve? Do you know others who could?

Check out some details and then contact PPF’s new Accompaniment Coordinator Jess Hunter-Bowman at colombia@presbpeacefellowship.org. The next training and discernment session will be March 13-17, 2014 at The Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY. Will you join us?