COLOMBIA: A Colombian youth tells you why you should go on a CPT delegation to Colombia 24 May-6 June 2012

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 delegation:

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 2001. 

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 Colombia.

 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.