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COLOMBIA: Join our CPT delegation in September!

 
Street art in Bogotá depicting the struggles of agricultural communities

CPT welcomes you to Colombia this September to experience a monumental era for Colombia as the government and the largest guerrilla group sign of a peace agreement and move towards the hard work of collective memory, truth, and reconciliation.  

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AL-Khalil (Hebron): Palestine Team looking for short-term volunteers

AL-Khalil (Hebron): Palestine Team looking for short-term volunteers

Have you always wanted to do a short-term assignment with Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine ? Were you on a CPT-Palestine delegation and always wanted to go back? The Palestine team is looking for short-term volunteers August 25-November 25, 2016 and November 20, 2016-February 20, 2017. Contact CPT Palestine Project Support Coordinator Mona Zuhairi: MonaZuhairi [at] cpt [dot] org. Please share widely.


Prayers for Peacemakers, July 27, 2016 Europe

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 27, 2016    Europe

Pray for the refugees currently trapped on the Greek island of Chios.  They have waited four months for their asylum reviews in unsanitary conditions.  Pray also for the member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams-Europe team member who just found out that his cousin was among the refugees who died trying to reach Europe in a forest along the Turkish/Bulgarian border.  He had to communicate the news of the death to his family.

 

IRAQI KURDISTAN: War looms at their borders, but life goes on

A construction worker in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan. Photo by: Peggy Gish

Even in the 110 F. heat, Kamal* works daily as part of a construction crew, building a several-story-high building in our residential neighborhood of the city of Suleimani.  He stopped a moment, in the hot sun, to pose for my photo, not minding the short break from his work.

Every day, early morning until late in the evening, Shorsh* and a crew of three other men slap out dough into large thin discs, bake them, and lay them out on an open table.  Eight large rounds of bread cost a little less than a U.S. dollar. People, of all ages, mill around his shop, buying fresh bread for their families.

 A few doors away, a clothing shop opens only in the evenings, when there is some relief from the intense heat and more people amble along the street to shop. A few will also stop at the ice cream shop next door. Others will visit a grocery shop where Rebaz,* his wife, or any of their three older children, greet me and other customers with a smile and help us find what we need. 

Prayers for Peacemakers July 20, 2016 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers July 20, 2016

Give thanks for the signing of the peace accords that ended five decades of civil war in Colombia. Pray for the encouragement of all those still struggling for justice, restitution, victims’ rights and legal protections guaranteed to them under Colombian law.

*Epixel for Peacemakers  July 24, 2016 
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, 
to those who turn to him in their hearts.

Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. Psalm 85:8-13
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*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.