COLOMBIA — Believers and worshipers from Colombia face persecution if members of their indigenous community find out that they are Christians.
It’s Sunday morning in the village of San Pedro de la Victoria, Colombia. Gabriel – an indigenous Christian whose name has been changed to protect his identity – wakes up to prepare a service he’ll lead later that day. Shortly afterwards, he leaves his house and goes to a deserted place, in the middle of the forest, hidden from everyone. In his village, being a Christian is likely to result in persecution.
It’s for this reason Christians gather in hidden places, where they can pray, sing and study the Bible. After preparing the service, Gabriel goes to the agreed place and finds a group of Christians gathered, including Raul, an Open Doors partner who is visiting the community. Like Gabriel, Raul is not his real name.
These Colombian believers face persecution if members of their indigenous community find out that they are Christians. So when they want to pray, sing and learn from the word of God, they gather in hidden locations like this hut on a remote farm. Sometimes they meet in the forest or the mountains, but wherever they are they never fail to seek God together.
About Open Doors UK
Open Doors is a non-denominational mission that supports persecuted Christians in over 70 countries where Christianity is socially or legally discouraged or oppressed. In their work, they provide vital support, training, and resources to those facing persecution or discrimination.
Resources that they provide include distributing Bibles and literature, running leadership training, assisting with socio-economic development and intercessory prayer. They also help victims of violence and disaster, including widows and orphans, with practical support such as relief aid, livelihood support, and community development projects.
Their vision is of a world in which every Christian who is persecuted is remembered and supported by other Christians. They pray for a world where there is no persecution.