Friday, December 21, 2018

Pray for the Katíos

Here's a quick update on the Katíos. Many displaced Katíos were living in a rough neighborhood that had both indigenous and non-indigenous people.  Tension have been rising for some time now.  Over a week ago, a non-indigenous man killed a Katío man. This resulted in all the indigenous people in the neighborhood (≈350) to move out and begin living in a nearby city park.  
We have been helping them with a few basics like water, food, and diapers. A government agency has also come in to help them. It has been really hard for them. This same agency has moved them to another park just just outside the city and are making arrangements for them to be returned to western Colombia where they are from.

A ministry based in Asia that, as a part of the work they do,  raises money provide Christmas presents for kids in need. This year, they has decided to expand this gift giving to South America. Before all the recent events with the Katíos happened, they were planning to come to Bogotá to provide gifts for the indigenous kids with whom I work. More than enough money was raised than expected. We consulted with the Katíos and with the government agency helping them to determine what practical ways we could help them. So in addition to providing Christmas gifts for the kids, we were able to purchase mats for them to sleep on. 

Please keep the Katíos in your prayers. Life is hard. Pray that they would be reached with the gospel and be given the hope that we have in Christ. 

Romans 15:13 
May the God of hope 
fill you with all joy 
and peace in believing, 
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit 
you may abound in hope.

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