One of my first images from Istmina, Chocó

Time and Patience

I remember well my first month in Chocó as a Seeder. The night we arrived, it was of course raining as we hauled our huge suitcases out of the moto-taxis and into our house. We were introduced to our upstairs neighbors, and I immediately forgot their names. The first time I left my house alone,…

Seeders with members of a Brethren in Christ church in Johannesburg, South Africa

Transitions: The Difficult, Important, and Necessary

Transitions always bring with them challenges and learning, but above all they are an opportunity for us to know ourselves. It’s been three months since we began the fourth cycle of Seed Colombia; and we appreciate that even though we’ve already experienced other cycles, each team is different, each person brings with them a richness…

Lweendo

It’s all about Colombia

It’s been two and half months now since we moved to Colombia as Seeders, and we’ve had some wonderful and tough experiences. People always say there is no place like home, but the question we asked ourselves is, “What is the purpose of moving away from home?” Our answer is simple; “It’s because we (Carrie…

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Reflections on Soweto

During our general Mennonite Central Committee orientation in South Africa, the new Seeders had the opportunity to visit Soweto, a historically black African township created during the apartheid era. Here we were guided through many important historical issues, including the power and privilege of white settlers, the politically mandated racial segregation, the struggle for freedom…

Leanna atop the Cerro of Monserrate, Bogota, Colombia

A meeting between two cultures

The idea of this blog is to share our experiences during the orientation that started three months ago in South Africa. Since we are from different countries and contexts, we decided to ask each other questions to demonstrate how different our experiences were in Bogota. Leanna, what impacted you the most from the orientation? For…

Parte del grupo Semilla en Surdafrica

The beginning of our journey

Writing about our orientation for the fourth cycle of the Seed Program in pairs can be hard, especially from a Brazilian and a Colombian perspective. However, we can say that this time in Bogota was important and impactful for all of us in both different and similar ways. Since the beginning of the orientation without…