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Friday, December 20th, 2013
Christians in a rural area of Columbia live in fear of guerrilla militants who have banned worship services. Things have grown steadily worse since July and an estimated 150 churches have been closed since then.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Redefining the natures and historical understanding if the Muslim conquest of Christian lands, and later attempts at portraying Islamic jihad as heroic have consequently defined Christians as worthy of blame and persecution. Raymond Ibrahim insightfully details this phenomenon of falsehood, and its disastrous impact on Christians.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Christians who live in zones of Columbia ruled by Guerilla groups suffer great persecution. From the closing of over 150 churches to the, “targeted assassinations of hundreds of church leaders over the past fifty years,” there are strict restrictions on religious freedom.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
As Christians are victimized by violent acts of persecution at the hands of armed rebels, in the politically charged climate of Colombia; the future does not look good for one of the most vulnerable groups in the country.
Friday, August 30th, 2013
An estimated 20,000 people took to the streets in Bolivia to protest a new law that would restrict religious freedom. Despite a president that came into office on the promise of greater religious freedoms “the new measures grant the government regulatory power over the internal affairs of churches to the point of defining what is and is not a church,” leaders have said. This kind of government involvement in the internal matters of religious groups often leads to outright persecution of those religions.
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Over the course of two decades of guerrilla warfare in the 1980's and 90's between left wing rebel groups and the Peruvian government an estimated 100,000 dead, most of whom were civilians. Massacres also targeted Christians and church leaders opposed to the group. Ten years after a groundbreaking 2003 report was published on the atrocities committed, the Peruvian government has yet to prosecute many of those responsible for the deaths, including the abduction, torture and murder of a Protestant pastor in 1989.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
Two years ago Evangelist Nelson Ramos was martyred. His wife and three children continued to serve the Lord in his absence. Four months ago, the same group that killed him began sending threats to his wife. During a family devotion time the assassins stormed into the house and shot the widow, Alicia Castilla, in front of her children. The children have been threatened that if they do not leave town in the next three days that they will be next.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
The recent re-election of Chavez has many Christians concerned about the future. Despite his recent declarations that he “needed Jesus in his life” Chavez has a history of anti-Christian behavior including ousting Christian missionaries from the country.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
A Pastor in Bogota Columbia was murdered as he exited his church. The exact reasons behind the murder are still being investigated, and while the “assassination of a pastor is extremely unusual in Bogota, countrywide church leaders are frequently targeted by illegal armed groups.” Initial reports indicate that the assassination was carried out by hit men.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Brazil just hosted what is being dubbed as the “largest Christian event in the world.” We’re glad to see that this freedom exists in Brazil, and pray it will continue.
Sunday, February 5th, 2012
The witnessing pastor was quoted as saying that an unknown assailant walked up to the victim without a word and shot him point blank several times. When the shooter saw the witness a short way down the street, he reportedly also fired three times in his direction.
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
"For the third consecutive year, the place most affected, with an extremely elevated number of pastoral workers killed is the Americas, bathed with the blood of 13 priests and 2 lay persons..."
Friday, December 16th, 2011
"The predominantly Christian villagers had sought the military’s protection after their mayor was assassinated by the extreme leftist Shining Path, which often specifically targeted Christians and church leaders."
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Communist rebels in Colombia purge their own ranks of men secretly converted to Christianity.
Monday, May 16th, 2011
A Christian teenage girl and her pastor are brutally murdered by Columbian guerillas aiming to persecute local Christians.
Friday, April 30th, 2010
CSW gives chronological rundown on Kogui Christian persecution
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
CSW releases request for support for persecuted in Colombia
Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Jesus transforms life of Colombian youth
Friday, December 18th, 2009
Monday, December 14th, 2009
Monday, November 30th, 2009
The imprisonment of native Columbians for their Christian faith continues for tribal area
Friday, November 13th, 2009
Sixteen members of the indigenous people group, Kogui, in Colombia are being held prisoner in an effort to force them to renounce Christianity. They are not protected by the Columbian government because of indigenous laws.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
The pastor was assassinated in front of his wife and six young members of his church by suspected members of a paramilitary group.
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
The wife and children of pastor William Reyes, who was kidnapped last September in Colombia and is still missing, have moved from their home to another city due to threatening strangers presumably linked to his kidnappers.
Friday, June 19th, 2009
At least ten Protestant pastors living in the northern Córdoba region of Colombia have come under threat from re-armed paramilitary groups over the past six months.
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
On April 30, 18 Christians were arrested in Henan by Public Security Bureau officials for gathering in a house church for communion services. Two of the believers were released after ChinaAid sent out a press release on the incident, but 16 were still in prison. Finally, after the prayers and efforts of many around the world, PSB officials released the remaining 16 prisoners on May 8th without completing their detention or paying their fines.
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Details are scant in this story, but the destruction of a church in Bolivia is cause for concern.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
The Rev. William Reyes’ wife awaits word, fears for safety of her children.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
“Now we are military targets. God brought me here, but sometimes I have wished not to continue, because being a Christian in a context like this where we live has a very high price.”
Sunday, March 8th, 2009
This leader is under threat for preaching the gospel in opposing the sexual exploitation of women in Brazil. He is not the only one to receive death threats.