Area: 1,141,748 sq km
Northwest corner of South America. The fourth-largest country on the continent. Mountains in west; plains, forests and jungles in east.
Population: 46,300,196 Annual Growth: 1.47%
Capital: Santa Ré de Bogotaá
Official language: Spanish Languages: 83 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Colombia remains volatile and dangerous, although a strong government has stabilized the nation in recent years. Levels of violence, kidnapping and assassination are still abnormally high. Leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries both seem to have abandoned ideological agendas and have effectively become gangs profiting from cocaine and kidnapping. Political or religious leaders who oppose such groups are targeted. Cocaine production has actually grown despite the governments efforts to reduce it. Crop destruction has driven the rebels and coca growers into national parks and ecological reserves where they are destroying much of Colombias rich ecosystem and biodiversity. Pray for a government that will be strong in opposing violence and wise and just in moving the nation forward. A number of key government figures have been exposed as having ties to paramilitary groups. This is a revelation that will ultimately prove healthy for transparency and accountability, but will shake many peoples trust in the government in a land where faith in state institutions is already weak.
a) Literature is still underutilized but increasingly vital for evangelism and for teaching believers. CLC has six bookstores, a wholesale outlet, a wide distribution network for literature and a growing productivity as a publisher of locally-produced Spanish titles. The Colombian Bible Society works with various organizations to distribute Christian literature among the poorest and children, and it has overseen large-scale distributions of hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature. One such example is the simple and effective Book of Hope.
b) Christian radio. Evangelicals have little access to national radio, but local Christian FM broadcasts are popping up. Evangelical broadcasters, including HCJB, TWR and Christian Vision, broadcast 667 hours per week in Spanish.
c) Audio and video resources reach many who do not or cannot read. FCBH is a programme with widespread use. GRN has audio material in 62 languages. The JESUS film is available in Spanish and nine other languages, including Colombian Sign Language, (the deaf are the nations largest unreached group). A large proportion of Colombians have seen this film.
For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Colombia.