Beloved sisters and brothers:
The world is watching as forces of domination seek to silence peaceful calls for reform in your country. God, too, is watching, and will bring oppressors to account.
God delivers the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper. . .
From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
and precious is their blood in his sight.
God of compassion, have mercy on all who are in danger or who live in fear in Colombia.
Soften the hearts of government and military leaders, and turn them away from violence. Protect your people from physical or spiritual harm. Strengthen your church to follow the way of Jesus in these difficult days.
Give followers of the Lamb vision and courage to be ministers of reconciliation.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
In the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace, amen.
J. Nelson Kraybill
President, Mennonite World Conference