Araminta’s Recycling

Leer en español Introducing Araminta Romero, 73 year old mother of five and grandmother to seven, recycler and faithful church member.  Born in the rural area of Pacho, Cundinamarca in Colombia, Araminta lived her first 6 years of life with her single mother and siblings before being sent to live on the farm of her…

DOPA Iglesia Menonita Santa Marta

Leer en español For the Days of Prayer and Action in Colombia, the Santa Marta Mennonite Church in Usme, Bogota created a collage together.  During three different services- youth group, children’s Sunday School and Sunday morning service- members drew, painted or wrote what peace in Colombia means to them and the actions they are participating…

Exchange in Cali

Leer en español As part of the Seed program, we have the opportunity to do a brief exchange to the placement of another Seeder in order to learn more about other contexts in Colombia and the work of the Anabaptist churches and/or organizations that work for peace in their community.  A local leader or member…

Awareness as a Shared Process

Leer en español I came to MCC Seed Colombia after three years of living in Puerto Rico where both my university and church advocated for full inclusion and rights for LGBTQ people.  I was nervous coming into a new context where perhaps it would be taboo to talk about the issue in church and society. …

Gender Violence and Liberation

Leer en español These past weeks I have been accompanying two friends going through separations from partners they thought would be life-long. “Acompañar” is one our roles as Seeders here in Colombia that at times is confusing.  Being an emotional support in situations like these – offering practical assistance and just being present – is…

A Personal Political Process

Leer en español I’m 16 and can’t vote yet But Oh, Lord do I hope Bush wins My US high school is abuzz Teachers try to calm us unruly teenagers down as the nation waits An election so close it will require a drawn out recount process   Political ideologies formed by my family Feelings…

The Ortiz Family – Fighters

Leer en español The members of the Ortiz family are Sara, Fernando and their three children Cristian, Brayan and Yesica.  Sara and Fernando have lived in the neighborhood of Santa Marta for 18 years. Working together from the home, they provide footwear for various companies.  As a family, they work very long days (12-13 hours),…