Igniting the Gospel in Insurgent Columbia

( [email protected] ) Nov 11, 2003 11:11 AM EST

Colombia – Missionaries to Christian Aid Mission find golden opportunities in the terrorist minefields of Columbia. The missionaries boldly proclaim Christ to those seeking the Lord in the midst of heavy guerrilla warfare and violence.

In some places there are car bombs," says Gabriel Prada, Latin America leader for Christian Aid Mission. "We also have horse bombs, bicycle bombs, even Bible bombs. Buildings and cars are blown up, but we go on preaching the Lord Jesus Christ."

According to Prada, the CAM workers are frequently caught in the insurgence of violence; in addition, the guerrillas are often suspicious of evangelists.

"When a small band of believers comes into these out-of-the-way communities, they believe that along with them, there are government people that have infiltrated these evangelical groups."

Nonetheless, through the threats and hostility, the missionaries see only a chance to bring more believers to Christ. "We are seeing many, many people come to the Lord. We are seeing many churches being planted. Missionaries are really taking the challenge of going to these very dangerous areas,” said Prada.

“People that have accepted the lord from those particular areas, they have taken on the challenge of getting small cell groups, which in turn become full-grown churches."