The Story of a Love Story

The current life expectancy of a Brazilian woman is 82 years. So far I have lived 32. Of these 32 years, 2 of them I lived in Colombia. According to statistics, I spent 2.4% of my life in this country. Comparing what I have lived with what I will (possibly)  live, 2 years do not…

May Fear Never Stop Us

Christian Peacemaker Teams’ delegations are a unique experience. Mennonite Central Committee provided us the opportunity to have this experience with the Seed team. After serving for almost 2 years with CPT, participating in the training and even co-leading a delegation, I had the chance to be a delegate for the first time. For me, what…

Celebrating Resistance

September 17 was a long day. We woke up early and traveled to Remedios, Antioquia where we met a caravan of about 30 people who were also preparing for the long journey of another 6 hours until the village of Lejanías. Joy and energy were palpable during this long ride. People were loud, singing and…

Impacted by Faith

For this blog, we were challenged to reflect on something that had an impact on us during this year-and-a-half that we have been living in Colombia in the context of our community. At first, I felt a bit confused when I tried to identify with only one community. However, during this reflection I realized I’m…

CPT in the Land of Cacao

The community of Garzal has been accompanied by various organizations, it is known by all that Pastor Salvador has a rooster that crows at unusual hours and that it is one of the challenges we find there. Because of the crowing of the rooster it is difficult to stay asleep before the sun rises. While…

Being a Peacemaker in Colombia

On February 26th, it will be one year since I arrived to Colombia. Last week, I was reminiscing through my photos and it brought me lots of memories. I felt inspired to share  how the Seed program, CPT and Colombia has changed my heart, how I now see my latin roots, and how I view…

The Pain and Beauty of Uncertainty

It’s interesting and sometimes scary to realize how we can organize and prepare for the future, and things still may not go as planned. These last months in Colombia, for the communities of Guayabo and Bella Unión, and for the human rights organizations in Barrancabermeja, showed us how we are often not prepared for what…