Colombia

Praise the Lord that Christian Aid is reaching the nations!

— Donna K., PA

The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

Thank God for the good work you are doing.

— David E., NY

I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.

— DonnElise K.

Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.

— Janet H., MT

Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.

— Sonja K., ME

Praying for each of you every day!

— Kenneth S., FL

God bless everyone involved in Christian Aid.

— Sheila B., CA

As we welcomed a new granddaughter recently, our hearts also ached for these children born as refugees. May this gift, however small, alleviate some hungry cries. We continue to pray for peace.

— Ron and Natalie T., MD

Top 5 People Groups

Mestizo Colombian: 32,452,000

White Colombian: 9,117,000

Afro-Colombian: 4,904,000

Detribalized Amerindian: 793,000

Jamaicans: 246,000

Religion

Christian: 94%

Evangelical: 7.3%

Non-Religious: 2.7%

Ethnic: 2%


Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

About Colombia

Plagued by its tarnished image as a hotbed for the lucrative drug trade, guerrilla groups, and rampant violence, Colombia is experiencing a resurgence of order and stability. This South American country supplies 90 percent of the cocaine that enters the United States. The illegal cash crop brings such a high yield of profits that it is among one of the leading export commodities from Colombia–along with oil, coal, and coffee. The drug trade has generally been controlled by guerrilla groups as well as private armies of drug lords. However, crackdowns on violent groups over the past decade have contributed to the significant reduction in kidnappings, murders, and other crimes. Thousands of guerrillas and paramilitaries are demobilizing due to government amnesty.

That history of terror and uncertainty has actually had a positive impact on the evangelical church in Colombia. Perhaps because of such difficult circumstances, more citizens have turned to Christ for hope in recent years. In 1960, only 0.6 percent of the population was considered evangelical. Today that figure has climbed to 7.5 percent, and charismatics now number 18 percent of the population. What makes that growth particularly remarkable is the sad reality that believers were often (and still are) targeted by drug cartels and guerrillas. Indigenous churches have seen the greatest denominational growth.

Rich in ethnic diversity, Colombia has a mix of descendants from the original indigenous peoples, Spanish colonists, Africans who were brought to the continent as slaves, and an influx of immigrants from Europe during the 20th century. The Spanish arrived in 1499. The Republic of Colombia was established in 1886, and the country was the first in South America to have a constitutional government.

Some of the largest indigenous groups are the Wayuu, the Arhuacos, the Muisca, the Kuna, the Paez, the Tucano, and the Guahibo. Some 800,000 people–about 2 percent of Colombia´s population–are identified as indigenous. Of 111 people groups, five are considered unreached according to Joshua Project.

Recent Prayerline Posts

COLOMBIA. Native missionaries with the Lord’s Vineyard of Colombia (VOC) travel on foot to remote villages, often through jungles filled with poisonous snakes, bandits and drug lords. Travel on horseback is much safer and greatly expands the territory covered and materials transported. ...

COLOMBIA. In remote jungle areas, courageous native missionaries with The Lord’s Vineyard of Colombia share the gospel among Guahivo, Zikuani, Salvia and other people groups who live in extreme poverty. Workers gather children into small groups to study the Bible and then distribute much-needed shoes ...

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