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Colombia: La Casita de Aracataca
Open Doors has opened a new home for indigenous children facing persecution called La Casita de Aracataca, in the Magdalena region of Colombia.
At La Casita, youngsters are able to live close to their parents whilst receiving biblical teaching and a good education - something which Christian children are denied in their indigenous communities. Out of the few who are given permission to go to school by the local leaders, the majority are forced to undertake indigenous religious rituals.
In the Magdalena region, Christian children grow up in a tense environment, knowing they might be persecuted at any time for their faith in Christ. Over the course of 2016, there were several incidents of violence, imprisonment, torture, and exile among indigenous Christian communities at the hands of local councils.
Ernestina, a mother whose two children are at La Casita, was recently threatened with expulsion by local authorities due to her status as a practising Christian. "I am very happy that my children are there (in La Casita)," she shares. "I know they are being taken care of and are being formed in the love of Christ."
Currently, there are ten boys and five girls - all of them are in their teenage years.
Boys: Eli, Omar, Josue, Duvaine, Sebastian, Ivan, Saul, Elver, Jose, Melquicedec. Girls: Dina, Gloria, Cenaida, Fidelina, Camila.
Could you write to the children at La Casita de Aracataca to encourage them in their faith?
Please send colourful or handmade cards and letters. 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.