Colombia
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Colombia

Colombia is a country that is plagued by extreme poverty and violence that is initiated by drug cartels, gangs, and rebel groups. Faced with violence or with the prospect 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. 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, and children join gangs.

It is in these impoverished and broken IDP areas that our partner, Conviventia, is operating. The gospel message is a key part of every one of Conviventia’s projects and even in the darkest areas of Colombia, the bright light of God’s amazing grace is at work.

  • Medical Care

    Nutrition Supplement Program

    The purpose of the Nutrition Supplement Program is to provide additional nutrition for 412 children in the “God is Love” Conviventia schools in Cartagena, Cazuca, and Lucero Alto. The children benefiting from this program participate in a lunch program, have frequent height and weight screenings to determine the best course of nutritional follow-up, and their families are given advice on healthy lifestyle and eating habits.

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  • Abuse Prevention & Protection

    Family Restoration Program

    “Family is family!” This was the response of a teenage girl from Colombia when asked whether she would rather still be living in the Tenjo Girl’s Home, or living with her family as she currently does. As evidenced in this response, the Family Protection Program is a very worthy successor to the Girls’ Home in Tenjo. That program mainly worked with the “victims” while this new program works with the whole family. The program also includes training of prevention and detection methods for staff members at the Conviventia schools. The program is also getting a great deal of attention from the government and other schools who are sending Conviventia high numbers of referrals. The gospel is shared with all the participating families and a discipleship process is started.

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  • Christian Day Schools

    John Calvin Christian School

    John Calvin Christian School’s general objective is to minister to families in the vulnerable community of Las Americas in Barranquilla, Colombia, through education (pre-primary, primary, and high school), the promotion of health and prevention of disease, and the strengthening of families, while sharing the good news of the gospel. Although violence, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy, drug use and dealing, and “gang culture” are prevalent in vulnerable areas like the Las Americas community of Barranquilla, our partners see that JCCS is making a difference. Their model of education (which they call “School with a Purpose”), coupled with the gospel message, aims to make a positive impact on the habits, thoughts, and behaviors of the students who, in turn and by God’s grace, are equipped to bring those truths to the hostile environments they live in. Word & Deed facilitates the sponsorship of 325 children at the John Calvin Christian School.

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  • Theological Training

    School of Practical Ministries

    The vulnerable communities that our partners in Colombia minister to (Lucero, Cazuca, Santafe, Cartagena, Barranquilla) desperately need greater involvement, support, and influence from local Christian churches. The School of Practical Ministries (SPM) exists to train church members, Conviventia staff members, and students to be effective leaders within the communities that Conviventia is active in. Churches within these communities are invited to send their members (including pastors and leaders) to participate in training workshops that teach them about various topics including: God’s Purpose for the Family, Work Ethics, Evangelism, Christ as the Model for Ministry, etc.

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