COLOMBIA: Young People Vulnerable to Guerrilla Recruitment

02 July 2024

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Many Christians in Colombia are taking great risks to share the gospel in some of the most dangerous places for Christians on earth. Working in these hostile areas often results in persecution from armed guerrillas and paramilitary forces.

Rodrigo and Astrid have planted eight churches in the region of Sucre, one of Colombia’s ‘red zones’, or dangerous areas controlled by guerrilla activity. The guerrillas have extorted them, prohibited them from having services, issued curfews and threatened them.

Their oldest grandson has a child with a guerrilla officer, and they fear for his life and the life of their four-year-old great-granddaughter. Their 14-year-old grandson, who lives with them, has also shared his desire to join a guerrilla group, enticed through the promise of material gifts and financial incentives.

The couple requests prayer for their family and for the other young people in their communities who are vulnerable to the guerrillas’ promises.

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    Pray for them

    Please join Rodrigo and Astrid in praying for the protection of their family. Uphold particularly their grandchildren and ask that they may come to know the love and mercy of Christ and pursue a relationship with Him.

    Pray for the Lord's protection over Rodrigo and Astrid’s church and ministry. Pray that they may be seen as a force for good by their neighbours.

    Pray for all those who seek to bring the hope of the gospel to dangerous areas throughout Colombia. May they know the Lord’s new mercies each morning, and seek His protection, wisdom and leading.

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