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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The work of our partners at John Calvin Christian School in Colombia continues along many fronts. In the broken areas of IDP (internally displaced people) zones, our partners are aware that students and their families need support at various levels. Providing students with a quality, Christian education is of primary importance and a crucial measure toward breaking the cycle of poverty, but our partners also monitor their students’ general health, nutrition, emotional well-being, and family situation. 

In recognition of the fact that children thrive under the care of loving, engaged, and competent parents, our partners continue to take measures that will strengthen and encourage the family unit. They require parents to participate in a School for Parents program, give extra support to parents of students with learning disabilities, and provide parents with feedback about their level of participation.

Beyond this, our partners are also engaged in defending the family unit on a higher level. Our partners at CDA shared with us that recent debates have taken place in Colombia about the desire of their Ministry of Education to establish a model for sexual education based on secular gender ideologies. In response, CDA, other like-minded organizations, and churches mobilized all over the country to defend their right to educate their children according to the scriptural principles that they hold to.

The family unit is under attack on many levels in Colombia just as it is in North America, through divorce, neglect, and abuse within the family, and through policies and programs on a political level that oppose God’s purpose for the family. Please pray for the strengthening of the families of CDA students!

Ruth's Testimony

My name is Ruth, I'm 16 years old, and I’m in Grade 11. Before arriving at this school I considered myself to be a somewhat skeptical person to the things of God, and I did not understand the meaning of obeying my parents. I arrived at CDA thanks to God and my parents who decided to change my school because my behavior was wrong. Through the teachings at CDA, based on the word of God, my life began to change. I felt that I was gradually stripping myself of the bad and learning of God, who was beside me helping me to be better. Negative habits like not obeying my parents were changing because God was shaping my character. My family relationships improved significantly, I could feel the love of my parents, understand them and obey them. My family learned too about God; we could see the power of God. CDA is full of friends and support, CDA offers opportunities, quality, shelter, help, and eternal teachings for life on the love of God. Thanks to this work my life is changed.


 

Continuing Education in Colombia

During the second semester of 2016, 15 graduates from the…

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Sponsorship Testimony: Silenia

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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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