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  • Leader: President Iván Duque
  • Population: 49 million (46.6 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
  • Country fact sheet

In a country riddled with corruption, the leaders of criminal groups are the main agents of persecution.

Christians who stand against the drug cartels receive death threats. Many Christians are forced to pay a ‘protection tax’ against assault. Violence is particularly intense when former gang members convert to Christianity. Persecution also comes from leaders of indigenous communities who perceive Christians as wanting to impose their worldview. The country’s secularist ideology means Christians are ridiculed when they participate in political debate.

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Please Pray 

  • For an end to corruption and the influence of criminal organisations
  • That Christians will stand strong and be a witness to those who threaten them
  • That God would comfort believers whose family members have been murdered for their faith and give them grace to forgive.

How Open Doors helps

Open Doors strengthens the persecuted church in Colombia through:

  • Developing biblical materials
  • Distributing training materials
  • Constructing Christian schools and providing education programmes for indigenous children
  • The Open Doors Children's Center, which provides a place of protection for children whose families have been threatened or displaced by guerrillas, as well as those who are at risk of being recruited
  • Emergency persecution relief aid.

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