Surprising Verdict for Colombian Christian

September 5, 2015 by Janelle P in Latin America/Caribbean

On the day of his arrest, Yonny was doing what he was always doing. He was teaching at the Christian school in his village. He knew that the leaders of the village, the indigenous council, were not pleased with the school, nor were they pleased with the Christian parents who brought their children to the school. For the leaders, Christianity was considered a foreign religion that would damage the indigenous culture. They did everything they could to diminish the influence of Christianity in their town. Using the autonomy that the Colombian constitution provides for all indigenous Colombians, the council sentenced Yonny to jail. Yonny was not the only Christian teacher, but because he was a leader, the council targeted him. He was being accused by the 24 leaders for aggressive rage and forgery. Yonny was sent to a state prison because the Colombian government recognizes the local council as mayors.

Yonny had been sentenced to 19 years in prison. It would take nothing less than a miracle for him to be set free.

And then the unthinkable happened- in a miraculous way, Yonny’s case was reviewed, and a judge set him free! A friend of Yonny, who is a lawyer, offered him help and proved that Yonny was falsely accused. Two years and nine months after Yonny walked into jail, he was set free.

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