Christians in Colombia Seen by Gangs, Drug Cartels as ‘Enemy to Be Eradicated’

(Evangelical Focus) Colombia celebrated its independence on July 20. However, freedom remains a distant dream for many Colombian Christians.

This year alone, Christians in Buenaventura, Colombia have seen eight violent attacks against Christians, two churches shattered, one murder and multiple cases of threats, extortion and abuse.

Due to its strategic position as a port with easy access to forests and fertile lands, Buenaventura has become one of the most desirable territories for paramilitary groups, guerrilla groups, criminal gangs and human trafficking leaders. …

Pastor Harold Arias, leader of the Salvation Door Church, confirmed to Latin American news website Evangelico Digital that armed groups, guerrillas, militiamen, criminal gangs and drug cartels “see the church as an enemy to be eradicated, because, due to the preaching and courageous action of pastors, many youth have renounced armed conflict and illegal operations.”

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