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Martyr Tribute for Lu Edilberto Velquez

March 23, 2011 by Open Doors in General

Columbia Martyr

A battle rages on the streets of Colombia South America as Colombian criminal forces wage war against Christians. Wanting total control of communities, criminal forces wage war against Christians and churches through kidnappings, drugs, extortion, and murder, taking direct aim at the unfailing light of Christ. On March 30th 2009, while working to repair his taxi, Lu Edilberto Velquez, a devoted member of the Pentecostal church in Arauca, was shot and killed, an innocent bystander in the violence targeting the body of Christ. 

“…let us put on the armor of Light; let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13:12,14

This week Open Doors remembers Lu Edilberto Velquez and his love for Jesus Christ. Please pray for his family that they are assured in knowing that because he believed in the Son of God, Luis has been given eternal life. Please pray with Open Doors and all believers in Christ that Christians and Christian churches in Colombia boldly stand as ambassadors of hope, fortified against the darkness through the sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God.

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Heavenly Father, we pray for the family of Luis Edilberto Velazquez, that they are comforted by your promise of eternal life for those who believe in your Son. And Father, as the seen and unseen battle swirls around our brothers and sisters in Columbia, let them feel your guiding presence. Dress them in the armor of your light, fortifying soul and spirit with Your Word and encourage them once again to lift high the banner of Your truth. 


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