COLOMBIA

Although Colombia is a democracy where religious freedom is guaranteed, large areas of the country are controlled by criminal organisations, drug cartels and paramilitary groups.

Colombia

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
47 58/100
Leader Population
President Iván Duque Márquez 49.4 million | 46.9 million Christians
Main Religion Government
Christianity Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2018 Persecution Level
49 High Persecution

Colombia has a long history of organised crime and corruption. It’s one of the biggest issues in the country. An increase in new armed groups and the growth of illegal crops has kept the level of violence high. Various criminal groups take control villages and place difficult restrictions on churches. Christian leaders have also been abducted and some murdered as intolerance for Christianity in Colombia has increased.

There’s pressure from society to remove Christian values from the political sphere. Anti-Christian values are becoming accepted. The LGBTI community is calling for same-sex marriage and adoption, and laws are being promoted relating to child euthanasia.

Colombian church leaders continue to care for vulnerable members of society and play an active role in bringing peace to their nation wherever possible.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors strengthens the persecuted church in Colombia through:

  • Developing biblical materials
  • Distributing training materials
  • Constructing Christian schools and providing education programmes for indigenous children

The Open Doors Children's Center, which provides a place of protection for children whose families have been threatened or displaced by guerrillas, as well as those who are at risk of being recruited
Emergency persecution relief aid.

RECENT STORIES FROM Colombia

The Unseen Children of the Persecuted Church

20th Jun 2019

Found in Stories

Sofia is from Colombia. She was orphaned at a young age when she was just nine. It is now ten years since that fateful day…

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RECENT STORIES FROM Colombia

The Unseen Children of the Persecuted Church

20th Jun 2019

Found in Stories

Sofia is from Colombia. She was orphaned at a young age when she was just nine. It is now ten years since that fateful day…

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RECENT POSTS FROM Colombia

There are two Colombias

There are two Colombias

Sep 20, 2018

Author Andrew Croft

I remember sitting at the dinner table at the Children’s home in Colombia as our interpreter declared, “There are two…

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PRAYER POINTS FOR COLOMBIA

  • For Christians who are threatened by criminal and guerrilla groups. Pray that they will stand strong in the face of persecution
  • For the Open Doors Children's Centre which provides a place of protection, nurture and education for children whose families have been threatened or displaced
  • President Santos and the leader of the FARC rebel group signed a peace accord at the end of 2016, but some opponents say the deal is too lenient on FARC leaders. Pray for healing and reconciliation.
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