As we enter the “season of peace”, we are thankful for the recent visit of Thang Van Lian, International Peacemaker from Myanmar. We are reminded that these visits are but a point in time, and we remember the peacemakers who have visited us previously. In 2016 our International Peacemaker was the Rev. Luis Fernando Sanmiguel who serves as pastor of the Community of Hope Presbyterian Church of Colombia. He has engaged in peace work for 30 years and was instrumental in the establishment of peace accords. Today, Colombia’s peace process has made promising steps, fortified by committed women and men from every region of the country, but it remains a fragile and contested beginning. The Colombian government is implementing the accords half-heartedly at best, and recently several FARC leaders announced a return to arms. Yet the vast majority of the 13,000 demobilized guerrillas remain committed to civilian life. And across Colombia, millions of victims of the armed conflict long to live in peace. With international support, peace can take hold.
We have a chance to call for stronger U.S. support for peace. In August, Congress confirmed Philip Goldberg as the country’s new ambassador in Colombia. We hope he will lend his voice to consolidating peace and hold the Colombian government accountable for delivering on its promises of truth, justice, reparations, and the guarantee that the brutal past will not return. We hope that Ambassador Goldberg will do all that he can to encourage a just and lasting peace.
Opportunities for Action
- Contact your senators and representatives to support the work of Ambassador Goldberg.
- Pray for the peace process in Colombia and for people throughout the country. Here are some prayers from the Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia. PrayersForColombia
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