Monday, March 27, 2017


During a retreat for the human rights program this past weekend, Pastor John Hernandez (playing the guitar) taught us a new song (Fe y Esperanza Viva, Living Faith and Hope). Everyone loved it and got into singing it. Photo by Curtis.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Chocó is one of the departments of Colombia hit hardest by the armed conflict. This is the flag at the bow of the boat, announcing that we are a humanitarian mission and do not participate in the conflict, the other side of the flag has the logo of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo taken by Mario.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


On my recent trip to Chocó, I learned how little infrastructure there really is in the department. We took this boat/canoe 6 hours up the river to arrive at the communities participating in the Lutheran World Federation project. As it was dry season and the river is very low, sometimes we hopped out of the boat to push it up the river. Photo by Curtis.

Friday, March 24, 2017


This is a painting by Paola Flores a member of the community in Piedecuesta (San Juan). She painted this woman last year for the International Day of the Woman, with the theme across Colombia being a tree. A few weeks after she painted and donated it she died in a motorcycle accident. The church had the plaque made to honor and remember her. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017


As the communities of the Embera-Katio Indigenous People of Chocó are vulnerable to flooding and losing their crops, they have learned many techniques to adapt. Here is a raised garden on stilts. I found dozens of gardens like this as I walked throughout the communities. Photo by Curtis.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


In the city of Cali, southwest Colombia, every year during the week between Christmas and New Year, they celebrate a series of daily parades. Last year we were able to experience as the parade of the history and culture of the area passed right in front of the hotel we were at in Cali.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Visiting families in the rural area of Boyaca, I was shown how they make cheese. This is a cheese press (homemade), I had never seen anything like it before. There are three blocks of cheese being formed underneath some heavy stones and a pot of hot water. Photo by Curtis.