Garzal & Nueva Esperanza

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A Christmas Vigil in El Garzal

By Stewart Vriesinga It was a Christmas perhaps more akin to that first one in Bethlehem than the ones I am used to in Canada. No fancy lights—no electricity except for a diesel generator that gets used occasionally at night. No Christmas tree, nor gifts under it. No alcohol. No turkey. And, thankfully, without the … Continue reading

Why does victory have to mean one step closer to disaster rather than happiness?

By Pierre Shantz  Mark 10New International Version (NIV) 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell … Continue reading

Titles put smiles on their faces

This is a short photo collage showing the happiness the people of Garzal felt the day they received their titles!

64 Titles for Garzal

On wednesday morning, gathered under two large trees, Jhenifer Mojica, INCODER’s Deputy Director of Rural Land (The Colombian Land Institute) returned sixty four titles to members of the community of Garzal. “Your unity has been exemplary to all of us” she said, “Garzal is an emblematic case, one of the sixteen hand picked by President … Continue reading


By Charletta Erb  In search of sweet cacao fruit, we stopped short at a large hole dug out of the ground. We were visiting DJ who told us about a recent “visit” from the military. The hole remained from a stove used by forty soldiers who spent several days camped at his farm. Over several … Continue reading

Prayers for the communities of Garzal

by Pierre Shantz From May 16 to May 26 a team of agricultural engineers, surveyors and lawyers of the Colombian National Institute for Rural Development (Spanish acronym INCODER) were present in the communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza. Their mission was to verify amongst several things that the farming families of these two communities, that … Continue reading

Against all odds

by Marv Funk, participant of the May-June delegation to Colombia As you walk in 44 C degree (111 C Fahrenheit) heat and 100% humidity, there’s a lot of time to think about where you came from and where you’re going. In this case our Christian Peacemaker Team delegation was heading to Garzal, a small community … Continue reading

Hold Them in the Light!

Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God. (John … Continue reading

Dreams 2012

Some dreams from our partners: “Happiness is not doing as like, instead it’s liking what you do, and analizing the good to transform the bad. Turn your life into a dream and your dream a reality.” Leidys of the Southern Bolivar Agricultural-mining Federation “An equitable Tiquisio for everyone, where we can raise our children, live, grow … Continue reading

Reflections on Advent: Week 1

This is the first part of our four part Advent series, reflecting on peace and justice from our perspective working with local peacemakers in Colombia. Each piece reflects on the following Sunday’s Gospel reading. Please read and share with your family, friends, co-workers, and faith community. ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun … Continue reading

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