Wednesday, February 19
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Elías Guerra is a young adult who was born in a province called Valencia, in the Department of Córdoba. It is an area of limited resources, where peasant families live on small plots of land, too small to produce enough food for a dignified life. Because much of the land in that region has been expropriated by paramilitary groups, many families have left for the cities, where they have little chance of building a successful life. The Colombian government calls this phenomenon forced displacement.
Elías studied amid these circumstances in a rural area, at a level inadequate to face life in the city. In 2000 he moved to the city of Barranquilla in order to find a job, because he had no chance of getting into a university.
The Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC) has always been a source of hope for transformation in Elías’s life. Finding himself in the city, surrounded by businesses and industries, he looked toward that horizon. Through the church he had the opportunity to meet Rev. Alice Winters—a PC(USA) mission coworker then who has now retired—who helped Elías gain admission to the IPC’s Reformed University. He graduated with a degree in theology in 2008.
Today, Elías teaches at a school run by First Presbyterian Church of Barranquilla and hopes to earn a master’s degree. He also works as a youth leader in that church and serves as a role model for others.
—Luís Romero Sánchez
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Presbyterian Church of Colombia: Rev. Dr. César Carhuachín, professor of biblical studies and theology, Reformed University of Colombia
Presbyterian Church of Colombia: Jesus Vargas Cuesta, moderator, Rev. Diego Higuita, executive secretary • Reformed Synod: Elder Martha Raquel Niño Durán, moderator • Reformed University of Colombia: Rev. Milciades Púa, rector
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, fill our lives with courage to live with hope in a hopeless world. Revitalize your church so that many people might see a new dawn! Amen.