Prayers for Peacemakers, 18 October 2017
Prayer for Alvaro Garcia, who is reuniting with his family, community and land after 18 months of imprisonment following his leading role in the struggle against displacement. Christian Peacemaker Teams - Colombia has been accompanying Alvaro's village of Bella Union and El Guayabo since 2013.
Today we hold in our hearts Alvaro Garcia, human rights defender and leader of Bella Union community's struggle against displacement, who was reunited with his family on Friday October 13 after 536 days of imprisonment.
We pray that Alvaro is gentle with himself as he transitions home,
that he can connect with his family and community in meaningful ways.
May he experience joy being back on his land.
May You guide him to remain grounded in his spirituality and strength as the criminal legal case continues,
grant him the patience and grace he needs to trust in the work of the lawyers and the social organizations that are supporting the process.
May he continue to keep his spirit alive as the land struggle persists.
May he lead his community with courage, bravery and resiliency.
May Alvaro know that he is accompanied in this struggle,
that he is supported by networks larger than Bella Union and El Guayabo.