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This image is on the front of an advocacy postcard, available from the MCC U.S. Washington Office, as part of the 2011 Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia. (Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Graphic/Kim Miller)

This image is on the front of an advocacy postcard, available from the MCC U.S. Washington Office, as part of the 2011 Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia. (Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Graphic/Kim Miller)

Hands for peace in Colombia

By Sarah Birkebak
March 22, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colombia Mennonite churches are calling on churches and communities of faith in the United States to stand with them on April 10 and 11 by praying and advocating for peace and justice in Colombia.

Colombian brothers and sisters continue to face displacement from their homes and violence directed at leaders and members of Protestant and evangelical churches. The U.S. contributes to this situation by prioritizing its military and economic interests over the protection of vulnerable communities, said Jenny Neme, director of Justapaz, the Christian Center for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action, a ministry of Mennonite Church of Colombia and an MCC partner.
 
These “Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia” are intended to raise awareness of the needs of vulnerable people in Colombia and the role U.S. citizens can take to support them.
 
Colombian Mennonites ask that Sunday, April 10, be designated as a day to reflect and pray for the victims, perpetrators and peacemakers. On Monday, April 11, they ask people of faith to advocate for them with U.S. and Colombian policy makers. One way for congregations to advocate is by creating “Hands for Peace” artwork to be displayed in public solidarity demonstrations across the country. The artwork will then be sent to partnering communities in Colombia.
 
For information on the “Hands for Peace” project, other resources for the “Days of Prayer and Action” as well as the current situation of the people of Colombia, visit the MCC U.S. Washington Office web site, washington.mcc.org/days, or contact Theo Sitther at the MCC U.S. Washington Office, 202-544-6564, tsitther@mcc.org.