Colombia is a country that struggles with violence and corruption initiated by drug cartels, the FARC (a Marxist rebel group), and other paramilitary groups. Faced with the prospect of being caught in the violence or of having their teenage children forced to join one of these groups, fleeing IDPs (internally displaced people) are settling around the major cities of Colombia. Although the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, secured a peace deal with the FARC in August 2016, the millions of people who fled from the FARC and other forms of violence remain displaced. In IDP zones, the effects of sin are often magnified. Many fathers abandon or abuse their families, mothers cling to the next man that comes along (often for safety), and children join gangs. It is in these impoverished and broken IDP areas that our partner Corporacion Dios es Amor (CDA) is operating.  Christian schools filled with sponsor children are integrated with school health programs, microloans projects, and many other supporting projects with the intention of transforming entire families and through them, entire communities. Since the golden thread of the Gospel runs through each of these projects, many also come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. Over the years, CDA projects in Colombia have shifted from “Rescue Operations” to projects that are more focused on development. This development shows CDA’s long-term approach to ministry, and it is serving them well as they continue to experience acceptance from the community. Even in the darkest areas, the bright light of God’s amazing grace is at work.

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My name is Silenia, I am the mother of Kevin who has been in CDA since kindergarten.

At this time I want to tell you that I am immensely grateful to CDA because through the school there has been a change of values in my family, the spiritual part of which I am very happy.

Before joining CDA I did not know much of the word of God, then when entering CDA my life had a change because during this process I found God. I started by reading the word, attending church, and then participating in programs where I acquired new knowledge about how to be a Christian leader and about issues of values, perseverance, love, and effort, among many other topics. From this I have gained a better life and, more importantly, I have let my family know what I have learned. My children, including an eleventh grader, have worked to stop sibling jealousy, they help me with household chores, are obedient, and have learned to be considerate to me.  Everything because we have encouraged them to attend church and to pray every day to thank God.

 

Colombia Projects

Summary of Word & Deed Projects in Colombia:

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John Calvin Christian School Building Project

John Calvin Christian School, Barranquilla, Colombia

The completion of phase one and the funding of phase two have been a cause for celebration in 2010.  Work on phase two has begun. The school is located in quite a dangerous area so a major component of phase two is the construction of a security wall.…

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Being Christian in Colombia
Encouragement in the Lord by John Otten

It is a privilege to be able to see how Christians confront the various pressures and joys of life in the developing world. In May 2010, I traveled to Colombia with Rick Postma, Colin Postma and Derek Naves, visiting projects supported by Word & Deed. While talking with our various project partners at CDA (Corporacion Dios es Amor, Corporation God is Love), we found that in discussing the operation and management of various projects we were also given a rare picture of life as a Christian in Colombia. It was good to encourage one another in the ways of the Lord.…

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John Calvin Phase 2 Fully Funded!

The John Calvin Christian School (Barranquilla, Colombia)…

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Sponsor Child Testimonies

I have attended the CDA School for 11 years, and throughout those years the institution has provided me with not only the best education but with the opportunity of a better future. I can say that the CDA School really changed my life.
You might wonder how CDA changed my life! When I first began to attend CDA I had some learning difficulties. Throughout the years at the school, I overcame those difficulties and now, I’m just a regular child. Besides, at CDA, I had the best experience of my life: I got to know the Lord Jesus Christ. I think that if it wasn’t for the Christian principles and values that I learned at CDA, I would have never truly met the Lord.
At CDA, I have experienced the best moments of my life because I have made really good friends and have had amazing teachers. At this point, when I know that I will be graduating in a couple of months, I can say that studying at CDA has been a great gift from God and that He has changed my life and the lives of many of my classmates and friends at the school.

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