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Colombia - Aurora
Aurora's* husband, Pastor Ernesto*, was a brave evangelist. Despite receiving threats from illegal gangs, he would preach God's message of love to the community's young people, and even encourage some to turn away from their lives of gang crime.
But early one morning in 2013, paramilitary men stormed their home. Ernesto was beaten to death – an event traumatically witnessed by Aurora and her children. The family were forced to flee their home, bearing deep emotional scars.
In the years since his death, Aurora has had to deal with pain and loneliness. She now lives with only her two smallest children. The two next oldest children are in living in safety at an Open Doors' children's centre some distance away, and her eldest two, because of the risk of being recruited by illegal armed groups, live far away from her.
Throughout her troubles, Open Doors has been supporting Aurora with trauma counselling. Open Doors has also helped her to reconnect with family members that she had lost touch with after her displacement.
Amazingly, despite her difficult experiences, Aurora is able to see her future with new eyes: "In the future, I would like to help other people who have undergone similar things as me," says Aurora, who in 2016 spoke at a public hearing to denounce violence against the church. "God has helped me, therefore I can help them."
Could you build up and encourage Aurora by writing her a letter or card?
If possible, please write in Spanish. You can use www.biblegateway.com to find Bible verses in Spanish.
Don’t know where to start? Here are some simple letter-writing guidelines to help you as you write.
Please put all your letters and cards in one envelope and send to Open Doors UK, PO Box 6, Witney, OX29 6WG.
Please note: this letter-writing campaign closes on 30 September 2017.
*Names changed for security reasons