Monday, March 30
Presbytery of Tres Rios
Our mission team traveled to Colombia in December 2013—part of a decade-long partnership between our West Texas presbytery and the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC).
In Barranquilla we renewed old friendships and were briefed on the significant progress toward peace and reconciliation in Colombia. Our brothers and sisters in the IPC have been crucial to this progress, but much work remains to ensure that they achieve peace with justice.
We headed next to Medellín to take part in a pastor’s retreat. While the city offered a central meeting spot for our Colombian friends, some of our team found it a bit scary at first—but we discovered a beautiful, progressive city that has moved beyond its violent past. We shared worship, prayer, song, Bible study, and fellowship with our friends. Discussions focused on three critical issues in global mission and how our churches are working to address them. The time together strengthened our commitment to partnership, and members of the IPC are planning to visit our presbytery in El Paso to learn more about the border issues and our ongoing mission efforts there.
We pray with our brothers and sisters in Colombia for numerous concerns: repatriation for the displaced in Colombia; an end to violence on both sides of the US-Mexico border; the rights of the indigenous peoples of Colombia; a just US immigration policy; an end to violence against women; a clean, safe environment where all children can learn and prosper; and a future filled with hope for all of our young people.
The Presbytery of Tres Rios serves 27 congregations.
—Elder Rebecca Nicholson, member, presbytery mission outreach team
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, give us the courage to be partners with our Colombian brothers and sisters to promote peace and justice. We pray for peace in Colombia, in our country, and among all nations. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.