Why we are in Colombia

2432113378_65163df997 A post by Elizabeth Palmberg today on the Sojourners blog underscores why our current delegation is in Colombia and why the Presbyterian Church in Colombia, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship are engaged in the Colombia Accompaniment Program.

Palmberg's blog tells of a death threat by a paramilitary group to a pastor in Colombia – "God will not hear you, because evangelicals do not matter" reads the note in part. Her post includes a link to an article by Janna Hunter-Bowman who works in Bogota and received the note from the pastor. An additional article by Hunter-Bowman – They're back – tells of the ways that paramilitaries in Colombia are targeting church and community leaders. The BBC provides a Q&A page on Colombia with further information about the paramilitaries and the current situation.

They're back closes with the line "Now, more than ever, it is important that North American churches offer solidarity to Colombia’s churches, and pray and act for a bilateral relationship based on biblical peace, justice, and respect for human dignity." Through the Colombia Accompaniment Program, Presbyterians seek to offer that solidarity.

The picture of preparing a shared meal in Colombia is by Jason Woods, who served as an accompanier.

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