Building communities of peace


9 days
Ages 15–22
Youth Venture



*We are no longer accepting applications for this team.*

 July 15-23, 2021

Ages 15–22

Team size: 8 participants 

Deadline: Please inquire or apply by May 1.

Building Communities of Peace with friends in Colombia

Join us for an immersive and shared experience of discovering how Christ-followers around the globe are actively "building communities of peace" and living in to and out of God's call to be agents of reconciliation. We will survey the contexts of Colombia and the United States, as youth participants in both countries come together (virtually) to collaboratively explore that which makes for peace in their own, respective contexts. U.S. participants will gather at Amigo Center in Sturgis, MI, and take trips to local communities for cultural learning experiences. Colombian youth participants are hoping to have a parallel experience and the two groups will connect virtually throughout the week-long immersive experience. Participants in both countries will consider peace and justice efforts in each context, with the ability to interact, discuss, and learn from each other. 


Housing facilities

Amigo Center in Sturgis, MI 

Travel to location

You will meet your team for orientation in Goshen, IN.  You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Goshen for orientation. Details will be forthcoming. 

Team leaders are Jes Stoltzfus Buller, Eric Frey Martin, and Bekah York

Jes Stoltzfus Buller works as the Peace Education coordinator for MCC U.S. She lives in Goshen, Indiana, with her husband, Willian Murillo, and almost 2-year-old daughter, Belén. After graduating from Goshen College in 2008 with a double major in sociology and Bible, religion, philosophy, she worked in Colombia, South America, for close to eight years. There, she did local peacebuilding, community development, and regional networking through a Colombian Anabaptist organization on the Caribbean Coast. Jes has experience facilitating group dialogue and managing collaborative projects in peacebuilding. In her current role, she works with Anabaptist churches across the country to teach peace theology, facilitate trainings, and create resources for engagement in peace work. Jes loves being active – she coaches high-school volleyball, enjoys biking, playing games, making music, creating things, and adores her family.

Erik Fry Martin has worked for Mennonite Mission Network since February of 2020. He lives in Goshen, Indiana, with his wife Kelly. Prior to coming to MMN, he served with his wife through Mission Network in Colombia, working with the Colombian Mennonite Church in the areas of youth ministry, leadership development, and theological and biblical education. 

Rebekah York is serving with Mennonite Mission Network in Bogotá, Colombia. Following the lead of Santiago Espitia, the director of Seminario Bíblico Menonita de Colombia (Mennonite Biblical Seminary of Colombia), they work to prepare young leaders and provide continuing education opportunities for leaders in the churches through seminary classes and workshops. Bekah has a passion for discussing and learning together how we as the church witness to Jesus in the 21st century.

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