Welcome to the blog of the Colombian Refugee Project, an ecumenical ministry shared between the Episcopal Church of Ecuador – Central Diocese and the Menonite Church of Quito. Here you will find who we are, what we do, why it’s needed, and how you can help. Also the “Current News” section will be regularly updated to inform you of news regarding Colombia, Colombian refugees in Ecuador, and the worldwide refugee situation in general, as well as what you can do to influence policy to advocate for Colombian displaced persons, internally and externally.
What drives our work here in Ecuador is inspired by Leviticus 19:33 and 34, when God spoke to God’s followers about refugees living among the Israelites: “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” All are called to this work, as the Episcopal Church’s baptismal covenant says, to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves” and “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” The Episcopal Church in Ecuador and the Mennonite Church of Quito are responding to God’s mandate to care for these who have lost everything and are living in a foreign land.