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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During the second semester of 2016, 15 graduates from the Corporacion Dios es Amor (CDA) schools (mostly from John Calvin Christian School in Barranquilla) received scholarships to pursue post-secondary studies. Our partners at CDA select as recipients of these continuing education scholarships Christian young adults who are committed and actively involved in their local churches in order to bless them and to assist with their personal, professional, and ministerial development.

Our partners are finding that the number of their graduates who have access to higher education at any level has increased, but that completing higher education programs remains a challenge in Colombia, as young adults are often pressured to abandon their studies in order to work to support their families. In spite of this, we are thankful to report that in 2016, 86% of students receiving scholarships through this program remained committed to their post-secondary studies. Several students postponed their studies in 2016 with plans to return to them in 2017.

The students enrolled in the program receive support for their tuition, but through the program our partners also seek to maintain good relationships with the students through follow-up calls and training meetings. Open communication between CDA staff and scholarship recipients is maintained so that they continue to receive counsel, guidance, and support from familiar Christian mentors. It’s their prayer that these ongoing relationships will be used by God as an encouragement to these young students as they move from the environment of their Christian CDA schools to secular institutions, as a catalyst for continued spiritual growth, and as support as they confront the new pressures of their post-secondary programs.

Please pray that God will continue to use CDA as a blessing to these students and that God will shape their hearts and lives for service, in His name, in Colombia.

Edwin's Testimony

My name is Edwin. I am 19 years old and I graduated from the school in Barranquilla. I have been in the scholarship program for two years now. I am studying administrative and financial processes at the Universidad de la Costa (CUC). Before participating in this wonderful project I was at a stage in my life where I did not know what I was going to do, what studies I would follow, or if I would continue studying because of many difficulties. Lack of resources to finance my studies was one of them. Once I learned about the scholarship program, applied to it, and was accepted, my economic difficulties disappeared. So against wind and tide I decided to study and finish my professional career. I express my gratitude for the financial aid and spiritual guidance and training which have helped strengthen my spiritual life. My family is very happy and proud of all these blessings. I thank God because He has allowed all these things to happen in accordance with His purpose, and I also thank CDA and its donors for being part of the blessings I have received through this project.

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Colombia Projects

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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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