Encourage children in Colombia

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In many ways, Daniela (12) and Sebastián (5) from Colombia are like many children. They both have their favourite hobbies – Daniela loves drawing, whilst Sebastián enjoys playing football – and they have fond memories of spending Christmas with family and friends.

But in other ways, their story is tragically different. In August 2019, Daniela and Sebastián’s father was shot dead in his own home. He was a pastor in a dangerous part of the country, and he paid the ultimate price for speaking out against organised crime and helping prevent young people from being recruited.

Last Christmas, Daniela, Sebastián and their mother, Alba, spent four weeks at the Colombia Children’s Centre, which is run with support from Open Doors. The centre is a safe place for Christian children affected by the action of illegal armed groups, or from traditional leaders who do not accept Christians in indigenous communities, either as permanent residents or a short stay.

“I felt good for the first time in a long time,” says Daniela. “I met many children and learned that, although there are difficult times in life, there are also times when Jesus helps us to overcome through people and prayer.”

There are currently over 70 children at the Colombia Children’s Centre. You can now write to them, along with Daniela and Sebastián!

Could you send a picture, postcard or short message to encourage these children in their faith and let them know they’re not alone?

You can write to specific children who are currently at the centre. Find out a list of names along with a selection of Spanish phrases to use.

Important guidelines

  • Greeting cards, children’s artwork and postcards are best
  • If possible, write in Spanish (see here for a list of phrases to use) or simple English and keep your letter brief
  • Print clearly
  • Be encouraging and include one or two Bible verses (Spanish translations available at Bible Gateway)
  • Show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on the recipient’s plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country

For Security:

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letters
  • If writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write the Open Doors’ address on the postcard
  • You may provide your name, but do not provide your full address
  • Do not criticise a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help.

Send to us!

Send your drawings, cards or letters to us at:

PO Box 6
OX29 6WG

And we'll do the rest!

Please note this campaign ends 31 March 2021

Find out about children’s encouragement campaigns for Central Asia and India.

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