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May 15th, 2015

NIGERIA: The struggle to find hope in the midst of despair

[Note: CPTer Peggy Gish has been working on a crisis team for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.  This piece has been adapted for CPTnet.  The original is available on her website.]

Burned Church of the Brethren in Mubi

In my five weeks in Nigeria, I had been hearing stories of people escaping or seeing family members killed by Boko Haram, but these stories became more real to me as we accompanied a team from the Swiss Embassy to visit the city of Mubi.  There, Boko Haram destroyed and ransacked the Nigerian Church of the Brethren (EYN) headquarters, schools, and burned several EYN churches. The Boko Haram soldiers totally destroyed a clinic at EYN headquarters.  Among the groups of people we met who had returned to the city to try to rebuild their lives, I sensed that they have held on to hope, rising from their faith and their strong sense of community.  Congregations continue to worship out under shady trees next to the church buildings that Boko Haram had burned.

May 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 14, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 14, 2014

Pray for CPT’s Iraqi Kurdistan team’s partners who work with children, teaching peacebuilding skills and comforting those who had to flee from their homes.

                              *Epixel for Sunday, May 17, 2015
Children at Kobane School:
"Peace is what it was like before the war. On the right you can see children playing and going to school, trees, 
flowers, and birds. This is what it used to be like in Syria. Now, there are tanks and rockets, people wounded 
and dead." 
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1:6
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's  Revised Common Lectionary  readings.

May 12th

COLOMBIA PETITION: SIGN NOW! Ask Obama to Support Policy for a Just and Peaceful end to the Colombian Conflict

Days of Prayer and Action 2015 Petition

 

For the 2015 Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, advocates are encouraged to sign this petition which will be shared with President Obama and members of Congress:

 

 

 

 

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress:

 

For over fifty years, Colombia has been engaged in an internal armed conflict that has left millions of victims and a country yearning for peace. Colombians have suffered through unspeakable violence, forced displacements, kidnappings, widespread massacres, threats against unionists and human rights activists, and the social exclusion of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and rural communities. As part of the National Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, we applaud our government’s support of the peace process in Colombia and we gather with one message in mind: Tomorrow’s Peace Starts Today. For the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia on May 15-18, activists around the country are gathering to advocate for U.S. policies that will work with Colombians to end the armed conflict and support a durable peace. We advocate for U.S. policy that will:

May 11th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 26 April-2 May 2015

 


JUST PENCILS AND PAPER SIR

 

Pictured here: Border Police stop even young children and check their school bags as they pass through the checkpoints on their way to school. The rights of children are constantly violated in this Occupation.
(29/05/2015)

May 9th

COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Micoahumado—a world that war has not silenced.

 

Children dance at the Constituent Assembly 
of Micoahumado.

How can a campesino continue to be a campesino far from her or his land? How can one still be a farmer amidst the pain and anguish of a city? How can one be a campesino among paramilitaries, guerrillas and the army?

The government portrays the campesinos as guerrilla members. It ignores their right to resist death and efforts to force them off their land. In Micoahumado (a small town located in the southern Bolivar province) we witness a reality very different from the one portrayed by the government. The community of Micoahumado is resisting being turned into collateral damage in the war between the guerrillas, the paramilitaries and the national army.

May 8th

PALESTINE/ISRAEL: CPTer denied entry at Ben Gurion airport

 

CPTer John Bergen and friend

On Tuesday, May 5, Israeli Immigration stopped me Ben-Gurion Airport, interrogated me, and deported me. I was returning to start my second stint with CPT-Palestine in Hebron, now I am banned from entering Israel for ten years. It is difficult to express the mixture of anger, grief, loss, and uncertainty that comes with the denial of access to friends, teammates, and a community of activists that I have grown to love in the few short months I worked in Hebron.

It is a feeling that many others do understand. Any international who has worked in Palestine with CPT or other international solidarity organizations knows the fear of Israeli authorities turning him or her away at the border.

May 7th

May 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers May 6, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers May 6, 2015

Join the churches and individuals who are participating in Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, May 17-18, 2015 or uplift their efforts in prayer.  See the Days of Prayer and Action Facebook Page.   Find worship and action resources here.  Check out what the Colombia team is saying about Days of Prayer and Action.

May 5th

COLOMBIA: Divine Mathematics in El Guayabo--a Reflection on 2 Kings 6:17

A group of thirteen women from different Christian churches and organizations working in human rights and peacebuilding in Colombia joined a Christian Peacemaker Teams’ (CPT) delegation during Easter Week of 2015, and we may have encountered some angels in the process. This delegation focused on the accompaniment of the campesino community of El Guayabo, part of the municipality of Puerto Wilches, Santander, Colombia. 

This community comprises approximately 250 families who have lived in the region on the banks of the Magdalena River for more than twenty-eight years. Since 2002 they have struggled for their right to remain in the territory, resisting unlawful eviction on the part of the national police and military forces who have conspired and aligned themselves with a man who declared himself owner and inheritor of these lands, without ever having lived there. 

To reach Guayabo we travelled up river by boat from the port in Barrancabermeja for two-and-a-half hours down the majestic, although contaminated, Magdalena River. Upon arrival to this beautiful community we were received by a group of people, including girls and boys with banners of welcome and biblical texts. Their smiles, joy, and ruckus reminded me that I was upon sacred ground, inhabited by people with dreams and hopes. I felt that angels were receiving us, affirming and celebrating our arrival in this sacred territory; a token of His presence and ongoing support of this community, and of us during these days that we call “Easter/” We were in a “holy place”–in sacred territory. And I say ‘sacred territory’ because the people that live there are campesinos: men, women and children who are fighting for their land, which is to say that they are fighting for their lives, because for campesinos land is life, and life is sacred. Sacred also because the community was still mourning the loss of three of its members who had departed this earth due to a boat accident. 

May 4th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos 19-25 April 2015

Below are some of the CPT Palestine's best photos for the week of 19-25 April, capturing the grim absurdity of the occupation and the spirit of Hebron's inhabitants.

 


A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE

 

Pictured here: Here is a child who has decided to have a bit of fun by turning the tables on this Israeli policeman - and follow him for a change. 
(22/04/2015)