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30 March 2012
*COLOMBIA: A Colombian youth tells you why you should go on a CPT delegation
to Colombia 24 May-6 June 2012*
Why go on a Christian Peacemaker Teams Delegation to Colombia?
A young Colombian conscientious objector who worked closely with a CPT
Colombia delegation shared the following with participants in CPT’s October
/To Our Friends in CPT,/
/We are the young people of the earth who go through the world with hands
united. We do not want another war to poison the night and darken the days.
We want to recognize the work of men and women in other parts of the world
that with your support contribute to the building of a better world. To our
CPT friends who visited us in the first week of October we want to say thank
you for getting to know our work and for spreading it to the world, thank you
for strengthening our faith and hope and showing us that we are not the only
ones who are struggling. Thank you for the bonds of friendship that we have
created and that foster learning and create ideas for change. As Sister
Teresa of Calcutta said: At times we believe that we are doing is only a drop
of water in the ocean but the ocean would be less without it. To everyone a
thousand thanks! May God bless us and strengthen us to continue building
the kingdom of justice and peace that God has promised us.
Fondly, A Youth of Barrancabermeja /
Are you interested in promoting nonviolence and understanding conflict at a
grassroots level? Christian Peacemaker Teams is seeking delegates for a May
delegation to Bogotá and Barrancabermeja in Colombia. An
insurgency-counterinsurgency war has left over 200,000 people dead since 1964
and displaced over four million others from their homes. CPT's Colombia
delegations will meet with church, human rights, and social justice
organizers in Bogotá and in Barrancabermeja, the industrial city in the
Magdalena Medio region where CPT's full-time team has been based since
Delegates will seek to encourage individuals and communities experiencing
violence, challenge human rights violations, and support movement towards
nonviolent social change through listening, public witness, prayer vigils,
and dialogue. Delegates will also have the opportunity to connect their own
churches and communities with the work of nonviolence and the situation in
Delegates will spend several days in the countryside. Some physical
rigors are involved in most CPT delegations, such as hiking in mud and heat
or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.
Fundraising Expectation: $2500 US / $2600 Canadian, which includes round-trip
airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city, all in-country travel,
simple accommodations, two-to-three meals per day, honorariums and other
delegation fees. Those planning to travel from other countries, contact the
CPT office for more information.
For more information contact the CPT Delegations Coordinator at 773-376-0550
or at . Application deadline is April 15th.
CPT's MISSION: What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline
and sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war? Christian
Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks to enlist the whole church in organized,
nonviolent alternatives to war and places teams of trained peacemakers in
regions of lethal conflict.
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