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The Most Unreached Group

Colombia

Chet Bitterman and his wife Brenda were American missionaries to Colombia. Their daughter Anna wrote the following.

“My family and I were in our mission guest house playing games and eating supper. I was about 3 years old. I had no idea what was going to happen that night as I crawled into bed.

“Sometime in the middle of the night, I was awakened. My father picked me up and told me not to talk. We were herded by a man into the living room. He and other men in the room had guns. My mother, my baby sister, Esther, and I were on the couch. My mother kept telling me to say Bible verses in my head, but I said them aloud. A man said to my mother that if I wasn’t quiet, he’d tie me up. I was scared.

“The men took my father away. [The men were guerrillas. Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they are not part of a regular army.] A few days later, I heard that his captors had killed him. My mother later told me that he had made friends with some of the men, and one man had become a Christian, but I was very sad about his death.”

Anna and her sister Esther are now adults. They have heard that other guerrillas have become Christians because of Chet’s witness to them. “My father’s big goal in life was to go to an unreached people group,” said Esther. “How much more unreached can you get than a group of terrorists?” (In “unreached” groups, few or no people are Christians.)

(Source: Bold Believers in Colombia, available in the Downloads section of this site.)


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