Share God’s love with the people of this vibrant, lively ethnically diverse nation in 21st century Colombia. Engage with youth through social media, encourage cross-cultural networking, and motivate participation in what God is doing globally.
Colombia’s 50 million people are eager to benefit from increasing, albeit tentative, national stability. Deforestation from timber exploitation, illicit drug crops, soil erosion and air pollution combine to challenge the country’s economy. Its exports of crude petroleum, coal, refined petroleum, coffee, and more recently gold, have added to expanding service industries. These bring migrant workers seeking jobs and a better life. Equally, many Colombians seek professional employment overseas – taking their skills and values with them into the international workplace.
By training future professionals to live out God’s love in their workplace, wherever that might be, or sharing God’s love with young people, there are many opportunities in Colombia for everyone’s future, both nationally and globally.
“There is a growing digital generation who relate in [digital] communities where they share their hearts,” said a team member. “As those under 25 experience 25 per cent unemployment, there are huge economic challenges for them in the current climate. By supporting them in life choices and values through the difficulties, they discover God’s reliability.”
Officially, there is religious freedom in this country. Official figures state that 92 per cent of the population are Christian. 111 different people groups are represented in Colombia, with thousands yet to hear of God’s love for the first time. Catholicism has a big influence on government and society. Many international groups work alongside national believers, both in the cities and rural areas.
Come to the capital city of Bogota, teeming with its population of eleven million, much of it made up by young people and share the love of God - by talking - even in basic Spanish! 81 per cent of the nation are city-dwellers, where international workers can live alongside national Jesus followers, building, inspiring and motivating others, through sharing their personal journey of faith.
Whether you come for a long, or short time, or whether you pray, or invest in lives through financial support, there are many ways for you to share God’s love with the people in Colombia.