The Father of 50 sons

Leer en español Have you ever imagined having 50 children? Certainly life would not be easy, each one of them, with different problems, imagine the hefty task of preparing a giant breakfast, counselling them and teaching them life skills. I know someone who may be the closest to having such an experience in his daily…

Make me an instrument of peace

Leer en español One wonders if peace talks in the marginalized urban areas of Colombia are a reality or possibility. Whilst the national government is negotiating with the largest movement of armed guerrilla movement in Colombia (FARC) hope is uncertain for the nation. However, for those living in urban areas called `marginalized areas,’ the Havana…

Sweet Hope

Leer en español If you have eaten chocolate then you will know the reflex action that is accompanies the taste, and expression mirrored in one’s face. A tender smile accompanied with a moment of satisfaction, relief from all worries; the natural reaction to satisfaction. All of these are the sentiments felt at that moment, the…

Getting to know Jesus

Leer en español I know Jesus and I meet him every morning, he uses the same route as I do. He is a humble man and he has a donkey and horse to prove it. He travels all the way from Witrera (a neighbour that is far from the city) with his horse drawn cart…

Bike Reflections

Leer en español I am glad my friend introduced to me to one of Cali’s best craftsmen. In just a couple of hours, I witnessed him, carefully selecting pieces of dismembered scrap bicycle parts. It seems as though he was assembling a jigsaw puzzle as he double checked every piece.  Finally from his personal 3…

Our Hope

Leer en español The Valle region has 23 Mennonite Churches, 15 in the regions capital, Cali, and the rest are spread out in the country side. The churches involvement in political issues is minimal; most adhere to the principal fundamentals of Mennonite pacifism. Likewise in the context of this year´s presidential elections most were not…

A walk in La Unión

Leer en español You feel the warmth and love of the city in every being you come across. Children in my neighborhood tirelessly chase each other, giggle, play street games, and dance. There is a fusion of different salsa tracks that stridently play from almost every household brew –a rhythm of festivity that is intensified…