Called to be God’s ambassadors of peace and justice

Covenant-Community-Hands-Heart“Religion seems to poison everything,” Interfaith Expert Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill said in his article for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

I am actually discouraged to look at the news today because of the prevalent ongoing conflicts due to religion. Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, etc. All you see, read, and hear about are people killing each other for the sake of their faith. One belief that causes massacre to another. Is this what the universal God actually intended for us to be? A world full of chaos and injustices?

Curious, a friend asked me about my religious stand and why I choose to put my faith in this belief. This friend had turned to agnostic due to inconsistent appearance of religion. He said that he cannot see “god” at work because people who claimed to be followers of “god” live a life contradictory of the teachings. Continue reading

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Dios nos pide ser embajadores de paz y de justicia

Covenant-Community-Hands-Heart“La religión parece que intoxica todas las cosas,” el experto Interreligioso Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill lo dice en su artículo para el Día de Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK).

Las noticias de hoy me desaniman mucho por los grandes conflictos donde están involucradas las religiones en Asia, Europa, América del norte y del sur, África, etc. Todo lo que vemos, leemos, escuchamos es sobre personas que matan a las otras en nombre de su fe. Una creencia que masacra a la otra ¿Es esto lo que el Dios universal realmente quería que nos pasara? ¿Un mundo llena de caos e injusticias?

Un amigo curioso me preguntó sobre mi religión y por qué yo ponía mi fe en el Cristianismo. Este amigo se convirtió en agnóstico o no creyente por la aparente inconsistencia de las religiones. Dijo que no podía ver la mano de Dios trabajando porque las personas que reclamaban ser seguidores de “dios” vivían un estilo de vida que contradecía sus enseñanzas. Continue reading

Conversations: ministry update

IMG_2856 (584x800)Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

I was so amused at the sight of the donkey and kids riding it (see left photo). I thought I was transported to the Biblical time when people used donkey as their mode of transportation. (To be honest, it was my first time to see a real donkey.)

On May I was blessed to see the other reality of Colombia. From the prosperous city life in Bogotá to this quiet rural community of the Zenú (indigenous group) in Córdoba, one hour flight and four hours bus ride from the capital city. CEPALC held a series of workshops on Prevention on Adolescent Pregnancy among the Zenús in primary and high schools and partner women organizations. Continue reading

Jesus as Missionary to Colombia (Part 2)

la foto 4(Jesús dijo) Pero recibirán poder cuando el Espíritu Santo venga sobre ustedes; y serán Mis testigos en Jerusalén, en toda Judea y Samaria, y hasta los confines de la tierra.” Hechos 1:8 (NBLH)

I was on a four-day trip outside Bogotá into the warm and humid Córdoba for a series of workshops on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention among elementary and high school students in an indigenous community. Our workshops were based on four main themes: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Continue reading