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.
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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.
SPANISH PHRASES you can copy and paste into an email (English translations below each one)
Prayers for Daniela:
Sister, God has a specific purpose for you, do not doubt it. Here, we pray that your faith will increase.
Sister, I encourage you to take care of your relationship with Jesus. He loves you and cares for you.
Sister, God loves you. Here, we pray for you, so that your faith grows.
Sister, we know that you are going through difficulties. We pray for you and your family.
Sister, have courage. You are not alone. God loves you and cares for you.
Prayers for Sebastian:
Dear brother, many blessings. We pray that God will keep you safe from all evil.
Dear brother, we pray that you continue following Jesus.
Dear child, you are not alone. From here, we pray that Jesus will hide you from evil.
Dear, God loves you. We pray that Jesus will keep you from all evil and danger.
Dear little brother, do not forget that Jesus is always with you and loves you.
Brother, Christ loves you and has not forgotten you. He is with you in the most difficult times.
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