El San Juan

  I look at you, River, and I imagine your past. Clear water flowing through lush forest, Cachama swimming through your depths, Ocelots wandering by your banks at night Where monkeys swing and sloths move languidly through the trees. You, River, feed the land. From your mountain source you travel Connecting, shaping the land Until…

Weaving Hope through Cacao Farming

Simon Eliecer Valencia Moreno is a farmer who lives with his wife in Paimadó, a rural community here in the Chocó region of Colombia where I’m accompanying the Mennonite Brethren church in my role as a Seeder. Like many rural communities in the region, Paimadó is only accessible by river, and Simon, like other farmers,…

My interview with Yineth

It’s already been one and a half months that I have been getting to know the community here: the city of Istmina, the San Juan region, and the Mennonite Brethren church and their social ministries which I am accompanying as a Seeder. During this time of transition and learning, one person who has supported me…