A Colombian pastor was killed as he left his church last week in the northwest of the country, in a region that has been plagued by violence from armed groups.
Pastor Leider Molina, 24, had just finished preaching in his church in Caucasia, Antioquia state in northwest Colombia, on Friday, February 9, 2019. As he stepped outside he was hit by five bullets.
Molina was known as a passionate preacher and an active youth leader working for his church and city, 670 KM north of the capital Bogotá.
The Caucasia region has suffered an escalation in violence for the last 4 months. Armed groups fight for control of drug trafficking routes and the ownership of illicit crops.
The church in the area is terrified. Some Christians have fled with their families, while others have decided to stay awaiting the government intervention. Church leaders, however, continue their work despite the death threats.
Despite the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the largest armed group of the country, the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia / Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army), killings have not stopped.
Colombia, although a majority-Christian country, is 47th on the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.
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