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Martyr's widow, Kelly Saenz
Kelly Saenz, wife of martyred believer Pabel Tujillo, understands how costly it can be to follow Christ.
Hear Kelly's testimony.
Photo: 100 Huntley Street

Sources in Colombia are calling for urgent prayer, as organizations endeavour to ban Christian evangelization among Indigenous communities. Within the Colombian constitution, Indigenous communities are granted special rights of self-governance. As a result, Christians have encountered significant persecution, with little or no recourse.

Currently, a group from within the Paez community of Huila are in the capital city of Bogota fighting for a law to ban evangelization and give the Paez people complete control over education. The proposed law would then prevent the operation of Christian schools in Indigenous communities.

A very informative video has been produced by Crossroads Christian Communications about a ministry collaboration with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada and Colombia Para Christo addressing the situation. The combined efforts of these Christian ministries are providing needed assistance to Christians who have been forced to flee. The video documentary can be viewed here. More information on Colombia, including other video reports, can be found at our country report.

Pray for the ongoing work of ministries like Colombia Para Christo as they reach out with the love of Christ among the various people groups residing in the country. Ask the Lord for His intervention in the current legal battle in Bogota, so that the resolution to ban evangelization will not be passed, and thus hinder the proclamation of the Gospel. Pray that all who seek to stop the spread of Christianity will instead be enlightened to the truth of God's saving grace in their own lives.

Current Ministry Fund

VOMC has helped to encourage a group of expelled Christians through the rebuilding of their community and the continuing establishment of a secure means of sustainability and livelihood. From this community, the Gospel continues to go out to neighbouring areas.

Project Fund: Relief and Development

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
49,084,841 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Mestizo and white (84.2), Afro-Colombian (including mulatto) (10.4), Amerindian (3.4)

Religion (%)
Christianity (93), other (7)

Leader
President Ivan Duque Marquez (2018)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system influenced by the Spanish and French civil codes

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Colombia

Please uphold all those in Colombia who’ve been victimized through acts of violence, asking the Lord to meet their needs, heal them of their brokenness, and bring about renewed hope and restoration. Also intercede for their persecutors so that they, too, will witness the love of Christ and experience His forgiveness and salvation.

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