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Colombia

Map reflects the 30 most recent Persecution Reports. Click HERE for the Map Legend.

 

 

Colombian Guerrilla Group Bans Worship Services, Threatens Pastors

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.

Guerilla Group in Columbia Imposes Strict Restrictions on Religious Freedom

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.

Armed Rebels Victimize Christians in Colombia with Impunity

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.

Widow of a Martyr Murdered in front of Her Children

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.

Hit Men Assassinate Pastor In Front of His Church

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.

Most Dangerous Place To Be A Catholic Priest In 2011: Latin America

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..."

Colombian Rebels Kill Own Men for Being Christians

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Communist rebels in Colombia purge their own ranks of men secretly converted to Christianity.

Pastor and Girl Assassinated by Colombian Guerrillas

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A Christian teenage girl and her pastor are brutally murdered by Columbian guerillas aiming to persecute local Christians.

Kogui Christians Face Stalemate Over Land and Worship Rights

Friday, April 30th, 2010

CSW gives chronological rundown on Kogui Christian persecution

Colombian Churches Plead for Help

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

CSW releases request for support for persecuted in Colombia

Colombia: Film addresses cycle of violence

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Jesus transforms life of Colombian youth

28 Colombian Christians Imprisoned

Friday, December 18th, 2009

American Copts Protest Anti-Christian Sectarian Violence in Egypt

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Bring Freedom to the Kogui Christians in Colombia

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The imprisonment of native Columbians for their Christian faith continues for tribal area

Columbian Christians Being Forced to Renounce Faith

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.

Colombia Pastor Assasinated by Suspected Paramilitaries

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.

Family of Kidnapped Pastor Flee Home

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.

Colombia: Re-Armed Paramilitary Groups Threaten and Attack Protestant Pastors

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.

Six Months Later, Pastor Still Missing

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Rev. William Reyes’ wife awaits word, fears for safety of her children.

Colombia: Leftist Guerrillas Threaten, Kill Christians

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.”

Make Supporting Persecuted Christians a Top Priority in 2009!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Consider making a resolution to support persecuted Christians in 2009.

Church Leaders Under Fire

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

One pastor missing, three others reported killed in past month.

Prayer and action needed for Christian community in Colombia

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Some of the families in this Christian community have now suffered forced displacement at the hands of armed groups three times.

Threats drive pastor from ministry in Medellin

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

A series of death threats against a pastor in a working-class Medellín neighborhood prompted him to abandon his home and ministry last month and flee with his family to Colombia’s capital.

Christians Discuss Church Closures With Colombia FARC Rebels

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

A Netherlands-based group defending reportedly persecuted Christians admitted Wednesday, June 4, that it has met the leadership of Colombia's main left-wing rebel group to discuss the closure of over 130 churches and death threats against Colombian Christians.

Colombian Priests receive death threats

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Parish priests in Colombia, along with a number of local human rights groups, have received e-mail messages declaring them "military objectives" to be eliminated.

Nana Is Not A Missionary To China, There Are No Missionaries In China

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Do Christians in America really believe, is this a 21st century story? Learning of persecution is difficult this story is a place to start and remember Acts 2:47 “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Pentecostal Pastors Shot Dead In Colombia

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

"Their bodies were found the next day, 40 meters apart. Both had been shot in the head."

New Report Documents Severe Violations of Religious Freedom in Colombia

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Colombia is not often considered a place where Christians experience the kind of persecution that goes on in places like China, but this story shows that the church is facing severe persecution from many different sources.

Religious Liberty in the Americas (1 of 2)

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

This is the first in a multi-part series evaluating the condition of religious freedom around the world from a Catholic perspective. Though it does not address the conditions of religious freedom for all Christians, it provides valuable insight into a part of the church not often seen.

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    Spread the gospel by supporting underground pastors

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  • Women

    Save women from abduction and sexual exploitation

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  • Communities

    Help rebuild communities devastated by persecution

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ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.