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Church Planting resources arranged by topic
Unique people group resources and places in need of churches
I. Historal Perspective
A. Country of Origin -- Colombia, South America
B. Language(s) -- Predominately Spanish, but other languages do
exist among indigenous
Background - Until recently, Colombia has been known as a very Roman
Catholic country. However, evangelical groups have made significant advances
among the population.
D. Southern Baptist Work - British Baptists were present in Colombian
Territory in some islands in the Caribbean Sea. In the continent, however, it
was late in the first half of the twentieth century that the Southern Baptists
came into Colombia to do outreach work. One of the pioneers of this work was
Dr. Henry Schwiensberg. With him, others came to establish central
churches in main cities to make them the points from which other churches would
come into being. A center of theological studies was created in Cali to serve
as the institution for neighboring countries. A clinic in Barranquilla has been
in existence almost from the very outset, serving the health needs of people in
general, but especially pastors and their families. Mr. Jarman, the shoe
producer, was instrumental in building beautiful church buildings in the main
centers of population. Through the seminary, Columbia has provided a good
number of pastors with earned degrees.
E. Sub-cultures - There are many indigenous groups located in the
jungles. Many missions work among them. We have all kinds of
mixtures in Colombia; European, Mestizo, Mulatto,
F. Past Challenges - The religious-political persecution, which has
plagued Colombia since the 1940's, has been the most formidable. Colombia
has had a history of violence, which has increased with time due to the
trafficing of drugs.
G. Past Immigration Patterns - The last 20 years have witnessed the
immigration of many people. These can afford to buy a home and
establish a business in the U.S. Others have come because of the friendship of
family connection. The reason for this movement of people is due
to insecure conditions and few opportunities for earning a living in
Columbia. Many enter the country with a tourist visa and remain after the
permission expires. Most Colombians have come to live in California, Florida,
New York, and most recently Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, and
II. Current/Future Challenges
A. Population - Today, there are more than 4 million Colombians residing
in North America.
B. Present Immigration Patterns - There will be an increasing stream of
people from Colombia due to political conditions mentioned already.
C. Evangelism - The Colombian constitution established complete freedom to
profess and practice any religion over a decade ago. Now the government allows
many radio stations to broadcast evangelical religious programs 24 hours a day.
Public gatherings are held anywhere at any moment to preach and present the
message of the gospel. Television preachers also propagate the good news. This
is an open country for the gospel. Colombians adhere to traditional
Catholic beliefs, but generally are friendly and open to consider other
options. When they are in the process of relocating, they welcome the approach
D. Church Plants - Colombian Baptist churches do not exist in the
U.S. They do not mind becoming members of any existing Hispanic
F. Family Life - Family ties are very strong. When there is no family
nearby, friends become family. Children are submissive and talking
with adults is natural.
G. Education - Colombians, for the most part, are well-educated.
They love to have the chance to improve, so it doesn't take them long to learn
English. People with a university education are willing
to do anything to put bread on their table, but later manage to go
into business and other professions.
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