Lord God, your compassion is manifest in the Anabaptist-Mennonite community in Colombia!
Thank you for the prayers of our brothers and sisters around the globe in response to Nelson Kraybill’s May 2021 prayer for God’s mercy (written on occasion of demonstrations throughout the country addressing economic policies, a proposed tax reform, high-level corruption, a lack of opportunity for the youth, and slow implementation of the peace accords, among other items, that were perceived as further harming the country).*
Conditions have not changed significantly since then: almost half of the population lives in poverty and violence continues to take its daily toll.
Yet, God’s Spirit is working in the actions of Anabaptist churches in Colombia participating in Pan y Paz (the “Bread and Peace” campaign); in Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren organizations Justapaz. Mencoldes and Edupaz that work for reconciliation and peace and care for victims and human rights advocates; and in congregations in Cali, Bogotá, Riohacha, Chocó and elsewhere who – with support from MCC – care for Venezuelan migrants and displaced persons in need of food and emergency aid.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our ongoing prayer.
—Pablo Stucky, MWC regional representative, Latin America – Andean Region
Photo: Anna Vogt I A gathering of Mennonite church leaders in Colombia in 2017.