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Thousands still cross the border to Colombia every week, and many continue on foot into the interior. Christian young people have set up an aid station along the road.
“Armed groups, guerrillas, militamen, criminal gangs and drug cartels see the church as an enemy to be eradicated”, a pastor says.
The YWAM and Operation Blessing project aims “to be a refuge” for the thousands that cross the border everyday “to find spiritual food and help in anything they need”.
“The solution for Latin America is strengthening the family”, Pastor Mercedes Aguayo told the assembly in the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ session. Some evangelical representatives were denied access on the second day of talks in Colombia.
Christians in these rural areas often find themselves in the middle of two armed groups fighting each other for territory and for corridors through which to traffic their illicit goods.
“An estimated 35,000 cross the border daily; half of them are children”, says the Christian humanitarian NGO.
“We unite and share the pain of the families”, says the biggest evangelical confederation in the country. It is the worst attack since the Peace Agreement of 2016.
According to World Watch List, released today by Open Doors International, 4,305 people died in 2018 because of their Christian faith. Christian persecution has drastically increased.
A CSW reports shows that Colombian Christians are suffering “restrictions on religious activity, threats, extortion, assassination and forced displacement”.
Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
Yerry Mina, Cuadrado and Falcao are some of the Christian players who shared Bible verses and made faith statements during the World Cup.
The evangelical vote appeared to be largely with Viviane Morales, but her resignation from the presidential campaign has generated division. The two favourites, Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro, will fight it out for victory in the second round.
The Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family denounces irregularities in the recounting of votes, which affect the candidacy of the Christian party ‘Colombia Justa Libres’.
The largest increase in euthanasia cases is among people that are not expected to die in the near future. Belgium is the first country in the world with no age restrictions for euthanasia.
According to Open Doors, 215 million Christians suffer “high, very high or extreme persecution”. North Korea continues at the top of the World Watch List. Africa is the region in which more Christians are killed because of their faith.
Communicating the idea that Christians somehow deserve more of God’s protection would be untrue and would actually collide with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Two football players and the stewardess who survived the tragedy are evangelical Christians: “The situation is complicated, difficult”. Fans gathered to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
We should be more careful when pointing to the evangelical churches of Colombia as the promoters of the “no”.
Around ten million evangelicals voted in the referendum. Some analysts believe that the 'no' “was hatched at church”, but many evangelicals have publicly supported the “yes.”
In a surprise result, the “no” won by 50.2% to 49.8%. The bilateral ceasefire between government forces and the FARC will continue. Evangelical Christians were divided.
The agreement between the government and the FARC is celebrated by many, but also criticised. Evangelicals have divergent views but are willing to get involved in the reconciliation process and to work for lasting peace.
If you knew nothing about Colombia, you might well think, “That’s great! There’s peace now”. But life in Colombia is never quite as straightforward as it might seem.
The dramatic figures of the conflict: 220,000 lives lost and 7 million people displaced.
Imagine you are a former member of a guerrilla. Imagine you met Jesus and you became a pastor.
We Christians have so much to offer people in a post-conflict situation.