Spreading the Gospel where Guerrillas Tread
November 29, 2012
In Colombia this year, native missionaries sponsored by Christian Aid Mission are sharing the gospel in several regions where it has been impossible for the past 10 years because of the guerrilla war. They are now reaching regions, such as Buena Vista, Vichada, Santa Cecilia, San Miguel and Garybay. In most of these places there is no electricity, radio, phones or basic public services.
"Our missionaries are going in faith, trusting the Lord will be with them and knowing that there are many souls to be won for His kingdom," says the leader of the Colombia ministry.
Last July, the ministry held their National Bible Training for youth, missionaries, Sunday school teachers and congregation leaders. A total of 610 people, adults and children attended the event.
"It was amazing to see how many of our church leaders came by bus, by foot, by boat, by horse, by motorcycle or any transportation they could find ," says the ministry leader.
Some participants, who live in the far areas of the jungle, traveled eight days to attend the Bible training, which took place at the ministry convention center at Pore Casanare. The Word of God was taught to all the attendees to prepare them to share the gospel and plant new congregations. With support from Christian Aid, participants were provided their entire Bible training materials, food and lodging for six days.
"I was able to travel and share the gospel in surrounding villages," says a local missionary. "At one place I received threats because the guerrilla fighters realized that when the villagers receive Jesus Christ, they will not support the guerrillas anymore. Despite the threats, I continue sharing the gospel, teaching the Bible, and discipling new believers. Recently 17 people received Jesus as their personal Savior and four got baptized. I disciple the new believers, teaching them the Bible at their houses or at our meeting hall."
Another missionary shared: "As you may know, a few years ago some people set fire to our meeting hall. Now, the Lord provided a way for us to start rebuilding and some of the same people who set fire to the meeting hall received Jesus and are attending our congregation. I continue to share the gospel door-to-door, at open-air meetings, teach the Bible, and pray for the needy. In recent months, 16 people received Jesus as personal Savior and seven were baptized. Hector was a member of the guerrilla group and used to have terrorist meetings at his house. Now that he surrendered his life to Jesus, we are having Bible teaching in his house. The Lord is transforming his life and that of his family."
With your support sent through Christian Aid, this ministry was also able to buy and distribute Bibles for new believers. "As you know, missionaries are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in many towns, villages and remote jungle areas controlled by guerrilla fighters," says the ministry leader. "Please keep each of our missionaries in your prayers."