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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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June 26, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - June 26

Please pray for all of the refugees and displaced persons in Sudan. Help us to be mindful of the women and children in the refugee camps and the dangerous situations in which they face every day. Help those who have been the victims of abuse and rape at the hands of those who claim to be their friends. One recent report tells of a refugee camp in West Darfur where 7 women, including 3 schoolgirls, one who was only 13 years of age were raped at gunpoint by 9 “pro-government militiamen”.  We pray for the recovery of these women ...

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June 12, 2013

Three prayer concerns - June 12

Pray for the people of Syria, where by the end of the year, millions will have been forced to abandon their homes; becoming displaced persons or refugees without access to adequate shelter, food and water. Pray that the UN will receive the money it needs from its member countries to provide aid to suffering Syrians, and that peaceful resolutions to the conflict will soon be found

Pray for the people of Haiti, where the cholera continues, having caused the deaths of over eight thousand people and suffering of hundreds of thousands to date. Pray that the global community ...

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September 9, 2011

Antonio has been found

Good news!

We have learned that Antonio Ariza has been found and is alive. We will post more information as we receive it.

Thank you so much to everyone for your outreach, advocacy and prayers.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Please continue to pray and act for God's children who have been disappeared in Colombia and around the world.

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September 7, 2011

Act for Antonio

Image of AntonioI did not sleep well last night. Of course I rarely sleep well, but last night I knew why.

It is hard to sleep, at least for me, when my heart aches even more than usual.

I learned on Monday night that Antonia Ariza went missing on September 1, 2011 in Colombia. The information came from our partners in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia. Antonio has been working with the church for a number of years in their ministry of accompaniment with people who have been displaced in Colombia.

Despite the ongoing and repeated threats to his life, Antonio has ...

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September 5, 2011

Praying for Antonio

Photo of a manI pray with many others tonight for our friend Antonio in Colombia. I had the privilege to meet Antonio during Easter week of 2010. He is a leader of an organization of people who have been internally displaced within Colombia. The oganization seeks to return people to land they can work for their living. His is risky work. He has received threats before.

Four days ago, Antonio disappeared.

Too many have been disappeared in too many places around the world. On August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared, I prayed for sisters and brothers unknown.

Tonight, I pray with ...

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June 3, 2011

Accompaniment in Colombia and Jamaica

Banner of accompaniment program

Accompaniment is the great theme of the Bible. It is the window through which we should see the whole of the Gospel and the entire meaning of our faith. Accompaniment is what it is all about.

With those words, Tom Driver began a sermon for Maundy Thursday, 2010. Tom was in Colombia for a time of reflection and evaluation of the Colombia Accompaniment Program. The program had begun in 2004 when

The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC) sent a message to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are being threatened, they said. If you sent some people here to ...

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March 29, 2011

Peacemaking in Colombia: Event at Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

For those in New York City: Building Sustainable Communities of Peace in Colombia A Conversation and Brown Bag Lunch with The Rev. Adelaida Jiménez Cortes and The Rev. Gloria Ulloa Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Noon – 1:00 PM Church Center...

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March 28, 2011

Colombia Days of Prayer and Action Resources

This originally appeared on Called to Colombia by Richard Williams and Mamie Broadhurst. The resources are out! Please take time to participate in the National Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia this year on April 8th -11th. This is...

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May 24, 2010

PC(USA) partners in Colombia and the presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia: Our partners in Colombia, the the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, are faithful and passionate the defense of life - which in this context means the upholding of human rights. With Colombia's history of...

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May 2, 2010

Thank you from Colombia

Our partners in the churches, communities of displaced persons, educational institutions and other social organizations concerned with justice and human rights, have sent a word of thanks. To the Churches, Ecumenical Organizations, and Human Rights Groups in Solidarity with Colombia...

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April 13, 2010

Via Blanca

Via Blanca is a community of displaced persons in Colombia who are framing on land given to them by the mayor. In this pilot project, they are growing tomatoes, melons, and peppers. Members of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia and...

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December 6, 2009

Register now for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

2010 Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 19-22, 2010 - Washington DC A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Peoples Register NowMarch 19 - 22, 2010 in Washington D.C. "and Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of...

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August 13, 2009

Unlock the camps in Sri Lanka

Amnesty International provides an opportunity to call on the Sri Lankan government to allow displaced civilians freedom of movement. 300,000 people displaced by the fighting in Sri Lanka are held by the government in camps that they cannot leave. The...

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August 14, 2008

Relief Efforts in Georgia

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is supporting humanitarian relief efforts to help refugees and those internally displaced by fighting in Georgia. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that the conflict has displaced around 100,000 people, with some having fled to...

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