Colombian Indigenous Believers Kicked Out

March 17, 2014 by Open Doors in Latin America/Caribbean


Since their displacement in April 2013, 139 indigenous Christians (adults and children) had found shelter on El Pital farm in Huila, Colombia. However, the farm owner’s unexpected decision to expel them last week, has left the families with nowhere to go.

The displaced brothers and sisters originally fled from their own land after local authorities tortured 15 of them, and vigorously pressured them to renounce their faith. Unwilling to deny their Savior, they were forced to leave to escape further harm. Eventually, they were allowed to establish temporary shelters on a farm, constructing makeshift houses from plastic and wood.

After living in relative peace for the past 10 months, the believers received an unexpected message last week from the owner of the land, demanding that they leave because she was annoyed by their Christian activities.

Anxious because they lack the resources to find a new place to live, they have asked for our prayers; asking specifically for the Lord to provide finances and a new place to live, for the health of several who are elderly and sick, and for the 42 children.

They are also asking for strength and wisdom, and that the Lord will guide them in these hard times, and cause them to experience “the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep their hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Father, praying from Your Word in Joshua, we pray this prayer for our brothers and sisters in Colombia, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of god courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.” Praying in the Name of Jesus, who has overcome the world, Amen.

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