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Dangers for the Colombian Church – February 28th 2019

Christian Solidarity Worldwide, February 28, 2019

In 2016, the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the guerrilla groups that control some parts of the country, yet religious groups in some areas still face many dangers.

New converts to Christianity, churches and church leaders are regular targets for extortion and kidnapping by armed groups, and violence is common.

Pray for God to comfort the wife and five adult children of Pastor Elfren Martinez Pérez, who was shot and killed on 16 September 2018 outside his home in Antioquia by members of an illegal armed group.

Changes to the original peace agreement are both a concern and a potential setback to peace.  Pray that the Colombian government and the FARC would adhere to their commitments under the agreement.

With an increase in extortion and other threats from illegal armed groups in many parts of the country, pray for the protection of religious leaders who live and work under constant threat.