Days of Prayer and Action-Message from Milton Mejia

Last week, people around the United States and Colombia participated in Days of Prayer and Action, calling on Congress and President Obama to implement US policies that support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other citizens of Colombia. CRLN's friend in Colombia, Milton Mejia (seen here with CRLN program director, Gary Cozette), wrote a letter to these groups and individuals, thanking them for their work and partnership. You can read the letter by clicking below.

 

The movement is not over! We still need you to call your representative and ask them to co-sponsor HRes 1224! This resolution expresses Congress' support for IDPs and calls on the Colombian government to help these populations.

 

Want to travel to Colombia? Join CRLN's partners 8th Day Center for Justice, Witness for Peace, and School of the Americas Watch on August 7-17 to learn more about human rights, corporate abuse, militarization and displaced persons. Click here or contact Erin Cox at wfpmagdalena@8thdaycenter.org for more details.

*DAYS OF PRAYER AND ACTION FOR COLOMBIA 2010 *

Barranquilla, Colombia, april 19 de 2010

 

*"Go; let it be done for you according to your faith." *(Mt.8)

 

To the Churches, Ecumenical Organizations, and Human Rights Groups in Solidarity with Colombia in the United States:

Brothers and sisters and friends:

 

We greet you with much happiness and with many thanks for your solidarity with the Colombian people and for your support of the persons and communities who are suffering from violence in our country.

 

We would like to share that during the weekend of April 16-19, 2010, we have been participating with you in the *Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia*that you have been promoting for the past five years.

 

Participating in these Days of Prayer and Action together with you makes us feel that we are not alone in our hopes, in the work that we are doing to support victims of violence, and in the search for peace in our country.  For this reason, as our churches, communities of displaced persons, and educational institutions have been in a prayer, we thank you for all the work of solidarity that you all have undertaken in the United States in support of displaced persons, victims of the violence and violations of human rights and for changing the policies of your government that do not contribute to the peace of our country.

 

In this spirit of unity, prayer, and gratitude to God for your support and accompaniment, we encourage you and urge you not to be faint in your work, for we need to strengthen the work of advocacy before your government and Congress to support the victims in the search for truth, justice, and reparation.  Working together, in our country we can achieve peace through dialogue and political negotiation and not continue current policies focused on military aid - now with the added use of Colombian military bases by the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

Based on our biblical formation we believe that "peace is the fruit of justice" and we believe that through the church God is calling us to be builders of peace in the example of Jesus.  For this reason, we ask that the Spirit of God strengthen our work together so that we may maintain our united voices and actions in the clamor for justice and peace in our country of Colombia.

 

The names of the churches, communities of the forcibly displaced, and social organizations are signed below as persons united in prayer:

 

Names

Organizations

Luis Díaz

Iglesia Presbiteriana

Jully Guerra

Universidad Reformada

Alexander González

Iglesia Cristiana el Camino

Vilma Martinez

Iglesia Evangélica Jesucristo es el Señor

Jerry Garavito

CEDERHNOS

Moises Castro

Minga Caribe

Franklin Jimenez

Iglesia Evangélica

Saudy Goenaga Muñoz

Iglesia Pentecostal Unida

Hernan Cortes

Comunidad Mesiánica

Steven Posada

MEC-Colombia

Adriana Cabeza

Iglesia el Pacto Evangélico

Osmar Barrios Martínez

Iglesia Palabra en Acción

Johana Puerta Méndez

Iglesia Católica

Karen Ferrer

ANDESCOL-Atlántico

Juan Ariza

ANDESCOL

Elkin Everstsz

Iglesia Evangélica

Charles Fontalvo

Iglesia Evangélica

Milton Mejía

Gledy Foliaco

Diana Amaya

Virginia Monterroza

Maria Bojato

Hipolito

Rosa Hernández

Yoneris Parejo

Diego Higuita

Nora Montes

Deisy Parra

Rossana Gutiérrez

Yolima Gómez

Ileana Mosquera

María Teresa Portillo

Yolbetis Saavedra

Doris Suarez

Hernando Viloria

Caridad Castellanos

Oscar Fi

Apolinar Escobar

Gilberto Ospino

Adelaiada Jiménez

Rosana Miranda

Jessica Portelo

Yarina Cortizo

Johana Núñez

Gina Osio

Bernardino López

Marisela Torres

Richard Williams

Breiner Berrero

Luzcarime de la Ossa

Willian Branch

Elizabeth Branch

Gloria Ulloa

Vilma Yanez

Maria Cecilia

Milciades Pua

Iglesia Presbiteriana- Universidad Reformada

Iglesia Presbiteriana el Camino

Iglesia Presbiteriana del barrio Modelo

Iglesia Presbiteriana la Ceiba

Iglesia Presbiteriana las Nieves

Universidad Reformada

Universidad Reformada

Universidad Reformada

Presbiterio de Uraba-IPC

Universidad Reformada

Universidad Reformada

Universidad Reformada

Universidad Reformada

Cuarta Iglesia Presbiteriana

Iglesia Comunidad el Camino

Tercera Iglesia Presbiteriana

Iglesia Presbiteriana

Universidad Reformada

Iglesia Presbiteriana

Comunidad Cristiana de Colombia

Presbiterio de Uraba

Universidad Reformada

Universidad Reformada

Iglesia Evangélica

Iglesia Presbiteriana

MEC

Jóvenes CLAI

MEC-IPC

MEC-UR

Iglesia Presbiteriana

Iglesia Presbiteriana los Estados Unidos

Iglesia Católica

Iglesia Católica

PC USA

PC USA

Iglesia Presbiteriana

Iglesia Presbiteriana

Comunidad Cristiana el Camino

Universidad Reformada