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Cristo Me Ama

Kids in Colombia

The previous post told about Christians in Colombia and how to make maracas. Use maracas or other instruments while singing “Jesus Loves Me” in Spanish as shown below.

Cristo Me Ama/Jesus Loves Me

The first line in each group below shows the words in Spanish. The second line tells how to pronounce them. The third tells exactly what the words mean in English.

Cristo me ama, bien lo sé
KREES-toh may AH-mah, bee-EHN loh say
Jesus loves me, I know it well.

Su palabra me hace ver
Soo puh-LAH-bruh may AH-say vayr
His word makes me see

Que los niños son de Aquél
Kay lohs NEE-nyohs sohn day ah-KEHL
That children are of him,

Quien es nuestro amigo fiel
Kee-EHN ehs noo-AYS-troh ah-MEE-goh fee-EHL.
Who is our faithful friend.

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

La Biblia dice así
Lah BEE-blee-uh DEE-say ah-SEE
The Bible says it is so.

Christians in Colombia

In recent years, violent groups have been fighting against the government of Colombia. The groups persecute Christians. They know that Christians do not approve of their violence, drug selling, and kidnapping. Sometimes groups attack and threaten Christians and drive them from their homes. Some bold Christians share the gospel of Jesus with people in the groups.

Still, Christians worship God together joyfully. Maracas, tambourines, and other instruments are often used to accompany the singing in Colombian churches.

Use the instructions below to make maracas of your own.

•    Choose one of the following for the body of the maracas: a baking powder can, a vitamin or pill bottle, two egg carton divisions with the large open ends taped together, a small cereal box, or another small container.
•    Choose one of these for the handle: a colorful pencil; a popsicle stick or craft stick; a dowel; a toilet tissue roll cut lengthwise, rolled tightly, and taped together; or another long, thin object.
•    Choose from the following materials to fill the maracas: uncooked rice, beans, or popcorn; bells, beads, or pebbles.
•    Choose one of the following materials to decorate the maracas: paper mache and paint, fabric, gift wrap, colored vinyl tape, or other colorful material.
•    Modeling clay or putty.
Before sealing the container or putting the top on, fill it one-third full with the materials chosen. To attach the handle, put a small amount of modeling clay or putty on one end of the handle and stick the handle to the inside bottom of the container. Cut a slit in the top of the container and put the other end of the handle through the slit. Replace the top and tape it shut before decorating the maracas.
Tape the handle to the body if the container’s top is difficult to slit or the handle is too big.
Fill a plastic Easter egg one-third full with materials chosen, tape it shut, then tightly tape one end of it to the top end of a toilet tissue roll.

Colombia: “The Miracle of the Hospital”

Children in Colombia

J.D. is a 10-year-old Christian boy in Colombia. He lives with his family in a small, square house made of palm branches. During the school year, J.D. attends school from 7 a.m. until noon. His favorite subject is math and he likes to play soccer.

J.D.’s parents share the gospel of Jesus with people in villages near their home. But Christians in some parts of Colombia have enemies. Violent groups try to stop Christians from bringing others to Christ. Jesus told his disciples, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” Followers of Jesus are still persecuted today.

Hard Times and Blessings
But J.D.’s family trusts in God to care for them. They have already seen God bless their lives in wonderful ways. J.D.’s parents wanted a child for 10 years before J.D. was born. God blessed them with a son.

When J.D. was 6, his mother was teaching some villagers about Jesus, and J.D. was playing nearby. Suddenly a motorcycle appeared and crashed into J.D., and he was thrown 30 feet in the air. J.D. spent 18 days in the hospital with a serious head injury. And he lost his sight. The doctor said he would not ever see or walk again, and would probably be like a “vegetable” — if he survived.

Today, the left side of J.D.’s head is still soft because the bone was destroyed, his mother told VOM workers. But he did survive, and he can walk, see, play soccer, and go to school. “We have a powerful God,” said his mother. When J.D. goes to the hospital for check-ups, the nurses call him “The Miracle of the Hospital.”

“After seeing him heal, a lot of people have become Christians,” said J.D.’s mother. “He loves his life and the Lord.”

To Talk About
•    Why do you think Christians in Colombia teach people about Jesus in places where enemies try to stop them?
•    How has God blessed J.D.’s family?
•    How has God used J.D.’s life to bring others to Christ?

Naldo: A Tragedy in Colombia

Children in Colombia

The previous post told about Naldo, an 18-year-old house church leader in Colombia. Read more about him and his family below.

Naldo’s father, Pastor Adriano, has been a pastor since Naldo was baby. Guerrillas and violent groups have made it difficult for him to do the usual work of a pastor.

  • For safety reasons, Pastor Adriano doesn’t travel down the same road twice.
  • The guerrillas do not let Christians take up an offering.
  • Pastors are not allowed to say anything bad about guerrillas.
  • The guerrillas tell pastors not to have meetings for worship.

So pastors travel to other places to visit and meet with church members. Sometimes they walk five or six hours to reach the homes of church members.

But even then, Pastor Adriano is not safe from guerrillas. So he sends Naldo to visit Christians in the area. Because Naldo is a youth, the guerrillas don’t suspect him of being a preacher.

A Tragedy
Naldo started a Christian children’s group in a nearby village. Juliana was a 12-year-old girl in his group.

The guerrillas try to get youth to join their ranks, become guerrillas, and fight with them. Juliana was from a very poor family.

The guerrillas promised Juliana money if she became a guerrilla. They brought her gifts and food. They told her she could keep going to church if she joined them. But they were lying.

On a summer day in 2014, Juliana left her home and disappeared into the jungle with a guerrilla. She probably soon realized that life as a guerrilla was very hard work. The girls have to fix meals for the men, gather firewood, and do whatever the leaders tell them. Juliana would not have been allowed to visit her family or go to church.

Juliana tried to escape, but the guerrillas stopped her and treated her very harshly. Sadly, she died from her injuries.

Juliana’s family was very sad. Pastor Adriano and Naldo were very sad, but they continue to trust God. They help the people in the red zone trust Him, too. They have even led some guerrillas to Christ.

“Why do you stay?” someone asked Pastor Adriano.

“Because God has put me there,” the pastor answered. “I am sure that God has put me there.”

(Sources include: VOM sources and 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. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

Naldo, Boy Preacher


Naldo lives in a “red zone” in Colombia. (Read more about red zones in the post “A Brave Son.”) He is 18 years old, and he has a brother and a sister. Their father is a pastor.

“I have always liked to preach and to serve,” said Naldo. “I wanted to preach when I was 7, and my dad would let me speak. I was baptized when I was 12, and when I was 13 I started my first house church. We would sing and read the Bible, and I would teach. We prayed together a lot.”

Naldo knows it can be dangerous to follow Christ in the red zones. “My trust is in God,” Naldo said. “He is the one who called me. I only fear God.

“Since I was a little boy my mom always taught me that we can’t be scared of the devil. When we were growing up, we would hear combat every day. There were landmines everywhere. That helped me get rid of the fear. I learned that God can keep you safe in any war.

“One time…when I was 7…I was in the house, and someone threw a grenade in the house. It landed about 10 feet away from me. God watched over us because none of us were hurt. My sister…was bleeding, but it was just a superficial wound.

“The mercy of God has kept us until today….My brother stepped on a landmine. It should have blown him up. He should have been dead. But all that happened was his ears popped, and he was fine.”

Naldo and his family will continue to minister where they believe God has called them.

Read more about Naldo’s life in Colombia in an upcoming post.
Get a Colombia lesson plan for teachers.
Download the Bold Believers in Colombia country/activity book from the Downloads section.