Dear and good friends,
Greetings from lovely Ashland on warm fall evening.
They say not to start a letter with an apology, so I won't apologize for not letting you know about our Colombian friend, Ismael, and his challenges back home "on the reservation." The fact is, I thought I had already brought you up to date on his situation and I see now that I haven't. But don't take that as an apology--a confession maybe--but not an apology.
I had written about the politics of his group, the leaders of which are well served by indigenous solidarity. But Ismael had become a Christian and, while still holding tightly to his language and culture, he is now firmly pursuing life in Christ. This goes against tribal rules and tradition.more >