Red zones: Red zones are areas in Colombia that are ruled by violent groups who want to control everything that happens in their area.
Guerrillas: Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they aren’t part of a regular army. One guerrilla group is “FARC” (rhymes with “dark”).
Simon and Sara live with their five children in a red zone in Colombia. They are Christians who moved to the jungle area to try to share the gospel with people there.
It’s not easy preaching in the red zones. FARC has let Simon and Sara know that they are not welcome to have a church there. “They want to kill us,” said Simon.
One day a FARC soldier came to Simon and Sara’s house. He kicked in the door and demanded, “Bring the pastor!”
But Simon was not at home. Simon’s 8-year-old son boldly said to the guerrilla, “Are you here to kill my father? If you are, we won’t be friends anymore.”
The FARC soldier laughed and patted the boy on the head, “Your father will not die today,” he said. He asked the boy to pray for him, then he disappeared back into the jungle.
(Source: The March 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)
To Think About
Some guerrillas are tired of violence and breaking the law. Do you think the guerrilla who came to Simon and Sara’s house might be one of them? Pray for Simon and Sara’s family, for the guerrilla who came to their house, and for all the FARC guerrillas to know Jesus and give up their violent ways.