By David Esau, Pastor of Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
I’ve only spent my first full day in Bogota and already I feel rich.
Not rich in the way many Canadian gold mining companies plundering Colombia’s resources feel when they strike gold.
I feel rich in the way my friend Pete felt rich when he went across the continent a few years ago to meet the family he never knew he had (Pete was adopted as an infant). He discovered a family so warm and welcoming and rich in history and stories that he felt he had struck gold — relational gold.
Meeting members of my global Anabaptist family in Colombia today, face to face, was finding gold in a relational vein that has been untapped for far too long. The richness of their hospitality and the wealth of their stories have this unlikely prospector already more than overjoyed that he came.
It took place in a village of only 200-300 people with a church of 30 people. In the conflict over coca, the biggest losers are those caught in the middle with nothing to gain and everything to lose.
When an armed group showed up one afternoon the situation looked bad. When an opposing armed group showed up on the other side of the village two hours later it got ugly.
With the village and the church literally in the middle of a war zone the pastor agonized and prayed over what to do.
No one could have predicted what happened next. Call it moral imagination.
The pastor decided to turn up the volume on his prayers, pointing the loudspeaker in his church out the window at full volume, praying for everyone in the conflict. After two hours of praying at full volume the fighting stopped and the warring groups left.
I don’t think anyone could have predicted that outcome but God.
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