The Green Party of the United States just sent out a press release alerting enviro groups to the situation of four Christian Peacemaker Team members being held hostage in Iraq. One of the CPT-ers is also a member of the Virginia Green Party.
CPT “places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers.” Delegates, traveling unarmed and without bodyguards, are not there to evangelize or “fix” anything, but to be a peaceful presence. They understand the inherent risk of visiting violent zones and willingly take it in their conviction to make a peaceful difference.
This hits close to home for me as I’ve had close friends, a pastor, and an uncle go on CPT delegations in the recent past. If you pray, please pray — if you petition, please petition.