Pierre Shantz

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Other Nations deserve to live Strong and Free as well

On July 1st Canada celebrated Canada Day. This is the day Canadians celebrate the creation of an independent nation since 1967; the national anthem sings, “The True North strong and free.” Canada is often named by the United Nations as one of the best countries in the world to live in: public healthcare, public education, good … 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

New Threats to the Community of Las Pavas by Palm Oil Company Aportes San Isidro

On September 27, 2012 Miriam Villegas, Director of the Colombian Institute for Rural Development, INCODER, the office responsible for the titling of Las Pavas lands announced that 11 plots are vacant land (state land) and that 10 of them should be titled to families of Las Pavas. This small victory for the community comes at … 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

A cup of coffee sweetened by justice!

by Pierre Shantz Almost eleven years after coming to Colombia, I finally visited the famous Eje Cafetero.  It is a coffee region in the central range of the Andean mountains.  Compared to Barrancabermeja’s 35 degree Celsius weather, the beautiful mountain breeze kept it at a perfect 20 to 25 degrees. It has beautiful green mountains … Continue reading

Reflections on Advent: Week 4

This is part four of four in our 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. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by … Continue reading

The deadly cost of gold mining

by Pierre Shantz Gold is the new way for illegal armed groups in Colombia to finance themselves, according to a new report by Bloomberg Weekly. But both paramilitary and rebel guerrilla groups have profited from gold mining in Colombia for years, so why has it become an issue now? Colombia’s gold reserves are some of … Continue reading

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