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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
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, 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.
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.
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..."
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.
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.”
Monday, January 12th, 2009
Consider making a resolution to support persecuted Christians in 2009.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
One pastor missing, three others reported killed in past month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
"Their bodies were found the next day, 40 meters apart. Both had been shot in the head."
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.
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.