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To Venezuela, with love

On my way home after my last visit to Venezuela in May 2017, I wrote some words of poetry and prayer that I’ve translated below from the original Spanish. In the face of so much turmoil, political polarization, and increasingly violent protests, easy answers do not suffice. I don’t have the solution to Venezuela’s struggles. I simply offer my heart, my prayers, and my commitment to continue seeking truth, hope, and the paths of peace in the midst of this and every situation.  Continue reading

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Te quiero, Venezuela

Escribí estas palabras en el camino de vuelta a casa luego de mi última visita a Venezuela en mayo 2017. En un día como hoy, las respuestas fáciles no bastan. No tengo la solución para los problemas de Venezuela. Simplemente ofrezco mi corazón, mis oraciones, y mi compromiso de seguir buscando la verdad, la esperanza, y el camino de la paz en medio de cada situación.  Continue reading

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Sí! We commit to peace

Last week I had the privilege of witnessing the Synod Council of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC) express unanimous approval for endorsing the “yes” vote in Colombia’s referendum on the peace accords reached by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of … Continue reading

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Angels in El Tamarindo

Today is Angel Gabriel’s birthday. Yesterday, our words shrouded by the uncertainty of whether his home would be destroyed today once again, he told me that his birthday always brings sorrow. Gabriel is a member of ASOTRACAMPO, the association of … Continue reading

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Carta pastoral de Venezuela

This letter is available here in English translation.  Esta carta me fue enviada por la secretaria ejecutiva del Presbiterio Central de la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Venezuela, pidiendo el favor de hacerla circular entre mis contactos. Un resumen y reflexión personal (en … Continue reading

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A pastoral letter from Venezuela

The following is my translation of an open letter to the people of Venezuela issued by Central Presbytery, Presbyterian Church of Venezuela. They asked me to share it with my contacts. My personal summary of current events in Venezuela is … Continue reading

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What’s a YAV?

So far 2014 holds at least one exciting new thing for me: I’m going to be a YAV site coordinator (again)! So, what does that mean? Well, YAV stands for Young Adult Volunteer, a program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) … Continue reading

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