So often we cannot fathom the dire consequences of wars in
faraway places: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia. The tentacles of militarism
reach into people's everyday lives in these countries, making simple tasks
dangerous. Meanwhile, people in
affluent countries can spend days, weeks, months, years without experiencing
what war feels like but still benefit from the resources in places torn by
conflict. Like Doubting Thomas, we say, "Unless I see the mark of the
nails in their hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in
their sides, I will not believe" (John 20: 25). We can live our whole
lives like thisâ€”intentionally covering our eyes not to see the ugliness of war.
But Jesus calls us out of our blindness.
This July, CPT Colombia is hosting a delegation focusing on
the experiences of women in this war. Delegates will participate in the forty-year
anniversary celebration of our partners in the Popular Women's Organization
(OFP). The OFP is a grassroots women-led initiative that focuses on female
leadership, programs of social uplift, supporting victims of domestic violence
as well as resistance to war. Delegates will also visit women leaders in the
region and explore what it means to live as a woman in the midst of armed
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To learn more about delegations, click here.