Potentially disputed land in Colombia attracts Low German Mennonites

Sep 18, 2017 by and

Despite warnings from Mennonite Central Committee, Low German Mennonites from drought-prone regions of northern Mexico have bought more than 49,000 acres of land in Colombia. Kennert Giesbrecht, editor of Die...

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Spike in Colombian violence underlines ongoing need for peacebuilding, prayer

Jun 12, 2017 by and

Partners of Mennonite Central Committee in Colombia continue to walk with people affected by more than 50 years of violence as new armed conflict emerges even after a peace accord. Violence among armed groups...

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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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Opinion: After ‘no’ vote, what’s next for Colombia?

Oct 24, 2016 by

The transformative power of the process that sought to end Colombia’s 50-year civil war was evident in the bilateral cease-fire and the FARC guerrillas’ commitment to meet their objectives through dialogue...

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Not endless after all

Sep 26, 2016 by

“War-torn” preceded “Colombia” in media reports for so long it seemed the three words would always cling together. For more than 50 years Colombia endured the longest war in the Americas. Fighting...

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Colombians celebrate historic peace accord

Sep 19, 2016 by and

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Angélica Rincón could not stop smiling. All around her, crowds cheered and waved signs, banners and Colombian flags. Rin­cón — like others who have worked with Mennonite Central...

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Ending Latin America’s longest conflict

Aug 15, 2016 by

The possible signing of a peace agreement between the guerrilla group FARC and the Colombian government brought for me, as a Colombian Mennonite, a sense of hope that the path to peace is starting in my...

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Memorial Day for a martyr

May 23, 2016 by

Jose Chuquin came to faith as a student at a Mennonite school at Cachipay, Colombia. As an adult, that faith became his vocation, serving 11 years as director of the relief agency World Vision’s operations...

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Colombia has not become a model of success

May 9, 2016 by

Two articles on Colombia — “Whom to Thank for Hope?” by Levi Miller (Feb. 29) and “Co­lombia’s Turnaround” by How­ard LaFranchi (April 11) — left me deeply disturbed. I want to address three...

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Peace, newly popular

Apr 11, 2016 by

The word on everybody’s lips right now when speaking of Colombia is “peace.” There are encouraging signs and broad support for a negotiated peace accord between the Colombian government and the...

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Opinion: Whom to thank for hope?

Feb 29, 2016 by

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with President Obama and members of Congress in February, seeking further support and funding for his country. He says that 15 years ago Colombia was almost a failed...

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Opinion: For children of God on the edge, a space to celebrate

Jan 5, 2015 by

QUITO, Ecuador — In my work with refugees, I’ve realized that sometimes simply creating spaces for people is a powerful way to change the human experience. These are spaces where people feel a sense of...

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Colombians support Korean CO

Aug 18, 2014 by and

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — For Jenny Neme, director of Colombian Mennonite organization Justapaz (Just Peace), recent support for South Korean conscientious objector San-Ming Lee was a natural occurrence. It...

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Anabaptist message grows in Venezuela

Aug 4, 2014 by and

Excitement for the Anabaptist message is increasing in Vene­zuela, and the Mennonite seminary there is helping to teach people about Mennonite beliefs and values. Support from the Seminario Biblico Menonita...

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Culture shock from Indonesia to Colombia

Jun 25, 2014 by

My name is Rut Arsari Christy and I am from Indonesia. In my home country, I attend a Mennonite church called GITJ Kelet, part of the Mennonite World Conference member church Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa. The...

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