Help get in the way: support Christian Peacemaker Teams
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has a powerful slogan: Getting in the way. And their central question is just as profound: “What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war?”
The goals of CPT are actually very simple:
Enlisting the whole church in an organized, nonviolent alternative to war, today CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. CPT embraces the vision of unarmed intervention waged by committed peacemakers ready to risk injury and death in bold attempts to transform lethal conflict through the nonviolent power of God’s truth and love.
Yet as formidably Christian as the organization is, as active around the world for the sake of peace driven by love and compassion—grounded in the Lord Jesus—CPT receives very little support from the greater Christian community. CPT members are willing to get in the way, to get their hands dirty and fight on behalf of the oppressed and persecuted.
Please consider learning more about Christian Peacemaker Teams. Go to their website: cpt.org. Read over their mission statement. Subscribe to their free quarterly newsletter and read about what CPT is suffering through on behalf of the weak, persecuted, downtrodden, mute, oppressed, poor, outcasts. Watch for the regular news breaks, and keep an eye on what is going on in Palestine.
Then consider how you might be able to help. Maybe you can train and join CPT somehow. Maybe you can provide some financial support. Maybe you can educate your congregation and together support these workers. Pray. Ask the Lord to open your eyes that you might see and understand.