Bring joy to Daniela’s and Sebastian’s lives

Dear Friends,

Loving Jesus and living for Him can be dangerous in parts of Colombia, where drug lords and rebels—often one in the same—operate like lawless warlords. They recruit vulnerable young people to do their dirty and dangerous work for them. And they need customers.

They don’t need Christians who help people overcome their addictions and work to prevent young people from being lured into a life of crime and violence. That’s why they killed Plinio, father to Daniela and Sebastian—as a warning to Christians to stop their activities.

Twelve-year-old Daniela and five-year-old Sebastian find it very difficult to talk about the day their father died. Pastor Plinio had just returned from praying at the church when he was murdered in his own home—the family, including Daniela, rushed into the room where he was shot and killed. Daniela will never forget what she saw.

Our team asked the young girl what she thinks her father would have liked for her to do in the future. “Well,” she says without hesitation, “to be a great person and to follow in the ways of God.”

Thankfully, through the generosity of Open Doors’ supporters, Daniela and Sebastian were able to spend a month at the Center for Children—a project that gives permanent shelter to many Colombian children of persecuted Christians. Here, Daniela and Sebastian learned how to be kids again and have begun to heal.

Please take a few moments to share some love and encouragement with Daniela and Sebastian. Let them know they’re a part of a large Christian family that stretches worldwide—

One Church. One Family.

Blessings,

*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.

You can send a physical letter through the mail or a digital message using the form on this page. This letter-writing opportunity is available through March 31, 2021.

Writing Guidelines:

  • Greeting cards, children’s artwork and postcards are best.
  • If possible, please write in Spanish (see below for some examples) or simple English and please keep your letter brief.
  • Print clearly.
  • Be encouraging and include 1-2 Bible verses.
  • Please show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on Daniela’s and Sebastian’s plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For Security:

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letters.
  • If writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write the Open Doors’ address on the postcard.
  • You may provide your name but do not provide your full address.
  • Do not criticize a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders.
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help.

SPANISH PHRASES you can copy and paste into an email (English translations below each one)

Prayers for Daniela: 

  • Hermana, Dios tiene un propósito específico contigo, no lo dudes. Aquí oramos para que aumente tu fe.

Sister, God has a specific purpose for you, do not doubt it. Here, we pray that your faith will increase.

  • Hermana te animo a cuidar tu relación con Jesús. Él te ama y cuida todo el tiempo.

Sister, I encourage you to take care of your relationship with Jesus. He loves you and cares for you.

  • Hermana, Dios te ama. Aquí oramos por ti, para que crezca tu fe.

Sister, God loves you. Here, we pray for you, so that your faith grows.

  • Hermana, sabemos que estás pasando dificultades. Oramos por ti y tu familia

Sister, we know that you are going through difficulties. We pray for you and your family.

  • Hermana, ten ánimo. No estás sola. Dios te ama y te cuida.

Sister, have courage. You are not alone. God loves you and cares for you.

Prayers for Sebastian:

  • Querido hermanito muchas bendiciones. Oramos para que Dios te guarde de todo mal.

Dear brother, many blessings. We pray that God will keep you safe from all evil.

  • Querido hermanito, oramos para que continúes amando y siguiendo a Jesús.

Dear brother, we pray that you continue following Jesus.

  • Querido niño, tú no estás solo. Desde aquí oramos para que Jesús te esconda del mal.

Dear child, you are not alone. From here, we pray that Jesus will hide you from evil.

  • Querido, Dios te ama oramos para que Jesús te guarde de todo mal y peligro.

Dear, God loves you. We pray that Jesus will keep you from all evil and danger.

  • Querido hermanito, no olvides que Jesús siempre está contigo y te ama.

Dear little brother, do not forget that Jesus is always with you and loves you.

  • Hermano, Cristo te ama y no se ha olvidado de ti, está contigo en lo más difícil.

Brother, Christ loves you and has not forgotten you. He is with you in the most difficult times.

If you would like to participate in more opportunities like this, you can regularly write letters to persecuted Christians in many countries by bookmarking and revisiting our website.

Mail your physical letters to:

Open Doors USA
PO Box 27001
Santa Ana, CA 92799

Send a digital letter: