They did everything to prevent us from sharing about Jesus. So we gathered with other Christians deep in the jungle. A soul won for Jesus is a soul lost for the guerrillas. They knew that too.
Formally, Colombia is a modern democratic country where the rule of law is established and religious freedom is guaranteed. However, large areas of the country are under the control of criminal organizations, drug cartels, revolutionaries and paramilitary groups. In a context where impunity is the norm, all inhabitants of Colombia suffer from the conflict that has lasted for decades, but Christians are specifically vulnerable to such hostilities. All types of Christians can become victims of organized corruption and crime by criminal groups, though it affects mostly the more outspoken Christians who play prominent roles in social or public life, or fulfill leadership positions at community and national levels. Secular intolerance affects all types of Christians in the larger cities that are under government control. Denominational protectionism mainly affects non-traditional protestant groups who do not conform to traditional Catholic rites.
Open Doors’ trauma recovery program for Colombian widows has helped turn around the future for 13 women in the Arauca region, where so many Christian wives and families have faced the tragic martyrdom of their husbands and fathers.
In spite of the displacement and persecution she has personally endured, Carolina has courageously chosen to bring hope to many in despair.
The voices of Christians in Latin America are strong, and in many places Christians worship and proclaim the gospel freely. In some parts of Latin America, however, angry voices from indigenous councils, criminal gangs, and guerrilla groups try in vain to silence the Christians living among them. Who are these courageous believers who refuse to allow their voices to be silenced?