Published on January 23rd, 2013
Nine-year-old Betty and her little brother lived with their parents in a small Colombian village. Their father was a pastor, and the people of the village loved him. He helped them find ways to meet their daily needs as well as their need for a Savior.
Paramilitary soldiers did not want Christian pastors to be leaders in their community. They wanted all the power, and they wanted the people to respect only them. They warned Betty’s father to stop helping the villagers.
(Paramilitaries are people fighting to keep power away from guerrillas in Colombia. Guerrillas carry out acts of war even though they are not part of the regular army. Both guerrillas and paramilitaries are outside the law. The Colombian army fights against both groups.)
Betty’s father wanted to do the will of God rather than the will of the paramilitaries. He continued to do his job.
Two weeks after the paramilitaries warned him to stop, three men dressed in black came to Betty’s door. They said they had “a few questions” to ask her father, and he left with them. He never came back. The paramilitary men shot him and he died.