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A Jesus Freak in Colombia

When Luis was 10 years old, he and his brother hid under a bed while a violent rebel group called FARC (rhymes with “dark”) attacked their village in Colombia. The attackers took Luis’s father as a hostage before they left town. Thankfully, Luis’s dad was freed after a few hours, and the family escaped the area together.

Luis gave his life to Christ when he was 13. He felt God’s call to help villages that had suffered violent attacks. So he bought books, games, and other items, and he took them to his old village, which was still a dangerous place. In addition to gifts for children, Luis also brought New Testaments and gave them to police officers, soldiers, and rebel fighters. “I told them, ‘Jesus still loves you despite all the pain you have caused,’” Luis said. “I thought, ‘If I die, I die with Christ'”

Now Luis is a pastor. “I’m not scared,” he said. “I have a call from God.”

Source: Jesus Freaks, revised and updated edition. Parents and teachers: The new Jesus Freaks is available here.  Please preview the stories before sharing them with younger children.