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- Stats for Colombia
Top 25 Stats
Total Christians- 43.7 M (13th); Total Evangelicals- 3.5 M (22nd); Percent of Country Who Are Christians- 88.23% (17th); Total Gospel Visits- 6.2 M (13th); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians- 105.93% (15th); Total Gospel Decisions- 921,000 (7th); Gospel Decisions to Visits- 14.92% (11th); Gospel Decisions to Population- 1.86% (14th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians- 15.80% (5th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals- 2.00% (12th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 30.39% (23rd).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Mestizo: Eurindian (57.6%); Spanish-speaking white (20%); Mulatto: European/black (14%); African-Colombian (4%); Zombo: Afro-Indian (1.9%); Indigenous Amerindian (1.6%).
The country is rich in resources, with oil, gas, and coal being the main exports. Provides 90% of U.S. cocaine; Drug trade controlled by guerilla groups or drug warlords. There is a wide gap between the rich and the poor.
History / Politics
Independence in 1819 from Spain, and a separate state in 1831. Had 170 years of political in-fighting, dictatorships, and civil wars. Had Marxist guerilla fighters and drug cartel war lords, but peace was finally attained in 2004. Murder, kidnapping, and crime rates have recently decreased. Evangelicals have taken a stand against the violence and corruption. Bogota has some of the highest numbers of street children in Latin America.
The Catholic church has lost membership since religious freedom was guaranteed in 1991. Only 25% of Catholics practice their faith, but a charismatic revival has been ongoing. Prayer and evangelism has occurred in prisons; One has a Christian radio station and school. Missionaries primarily work internally to reach the indigenous people of Colombia.
Pray that the charismatic revival will continue in the Catholic church. Pray for evangelism in prisons and among the indigenous populations. Pray for Amerindian groups who are often poor and oppressed, and need the Gospel.