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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The success story of Bellavista Prison, a maximum-security prison in Medellin that was often called hell on earth, is an inspiration. Through prayer and bold Christian witness, the prison has seen a remarkable turning of hardened criminals to Christ and the end of rampant murderousness. Many inmates are now believers, and there is regular prayer, fasting, evangelism and even a Christian radio station. A Bible Institute has formed in the prison, training inmates to minister in prison and after release.
The Roman Catholic Church has seen its role and influence greatly decrease since the 1991 constitution ensured the religious freedom of other groups. The great increase of evangelicals has been at the expense of Catholicism, especially among the poor. The majority of Catholics are strongly traditional, but widely nominal; only 25% practice their faith. There is a very strong charismatic element among those who are active in the Church. Many of the faithful have opposed violence and structural sin and paid dearly for such commitment. Pray for renewal within Catholicism that awakens and purifies the Church.
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.