When Victory Brings Disaster

My heart really went out to these Colombian villagers when I read their story today.  They are truly in need of our prayers and some tangible moral support and accompaniment – probably more now than ever before.   I hope someone reading this might respond to this appeal from CPT International.  There are people ready to go to Columbia now to help support them, if the necessary funds can be raised.   I hear about these things because of my (volunteer) involvement in the CPT AustralAsia Regional Group.  -Clair

CPTnet – 18 June 2013 – COLOMBIA:

When victory brings disaster—Las Pavas and Garzal/Nueva Experanza need your help now!

by Pierre Shantz

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then
can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is
impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28 Then
Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell
you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or
mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to
receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers,
sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age
to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last
first.”   – Mark 10:26-31  (New International Version)

Victories are for celebrating.  They are moments that give us the satisfaction of a job well done.  That the fight we undertook was worth it.  Why then in Colombia does a victory for so many communities who struggle for something as basic as a piece of land to farm to provide food for their families, become a nightmare and for some a death sentence?

This sounds sad and discouraging and I wish I didn’t have to paint such a
bleak picture but to hide the truth would be worse.  In fact for the past
months, we as a team have (not intentionally) hidden the truth by announcing several victories.  We did it because in fact there have been several victories that fully deserve a celebration.  Also for our own emotional
health we needed to enjoy these moments.  Communities affected by the
violence of the ongoing economic, political, and armed conflict of Colombia
don’t often have victories, tangible successes to grab on to.   We even used
them as a fundraising strategy because hey, everyone wants to support a
winning team.

Great victories happened for Garzal/Nueva Esperanza and Las Pavas, two
communities that CPT Colombia accompanies and under normal  circumstances we would all still be celebrating.  But as I said earlier these victories have become hard-to-imagine tragedies that could dishearten the happiest soul…

Read the outcome to this story (and more background) HERE


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