Metamora Mennonite Church (Metamora, I.L.), Walnut Hill Mennonite Church (Goshen, I.N.), Manhattan Mennonite Church (New York, N.Y.), Joy Mennonite Church (Oklahoma City, O.K.) and Hebron Mennonite Church (Hagerstown, M.D.) were among the many churches that participated in the Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia this April.
In addition to sending over 800 postcards to Congress calling for a more just U.S. policy towards Colombia, Mennonite congregations dedicated portions of their worship service to praying and raising awareness for the displacement crisis in Colombia.
During their worship service, Metamora Mennonite Church lit candles representing the 5 million Colombians who have been displaced from their homes by the violence between armed groups in the country. The congregation also signed letters to President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and their representatives in Congress.
Walnut Hill Mennonite Church focused their Sunday school hour on learning about Colombia as well as hearing from members of the congregation who traveled to Colombia last summer on an MCC Learning Tour. Jes Buller, a congregation member who is currently serving in Colombia with the SEED program, also shared about her work in the country.
Manhattan Mennonite Church observed the Days of Prayer and Action by cooking a traditional Colombian dish and creating a Hands for Peace banner to send to churches in Colombia. Members of Joy Mennonite Church also connected with Colombian brothers and sisters by sending a letter with messages of solidarity.
Linford Martin, Peace Advocate at Hebron Mennonite Church, wrote that because of the congregation’s participation in the campaign one member said, “It feels like you have given us arms so that we can do something about this situation.”
This year’s Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia focused on ending U.S. military aid to Colombia and prioritizing humanitarian funding instead. The campaign also highlighted the detrimental effects of the pending free trade agreement with Colombia for small farmers, indigenous communities and labor union organizers.
Help keep this great work going by sending a letter to the editor of your local paper opposing the free trade agreement with Colombia.