Despite ongoing dialogue between the government and FARC rebels, levels of violence in Colombia are high. In areas where the government has lost control of public security, drug cartels and illegal armed groups still operate with impunity. Christians who play prominent roles in social or public life face opposition because of their witness in social and political activities. Within indigenous communities, converts to Christianity are seen as a threat to the indigenous culture and traditions. Many Christians are displaced from their lands, churches are monitored and gender-based violence targeting Christians is on the increase.
- For courage and protection for church leaders facing threats from armed groups.
- That talks between the government and rebel group, the FARC, will bring an end to decades of civil war.
- Ask God to bless the Open Doors Children’s Center, which provides a safe haven for young people targeted by guerrilla groups.