Where We Work

Snapshot of Colombia

64

mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

19%

lack access to improved sanitation

16

children under the age of five die per 1000 births

Carlos Escobar

Letter from Compassion Colombia Director Jose Carrasco

Greetings in Jesus’ name! My name is Jose Carrasco. I am the South America Area Director and I’ve been privileged to serve as the Interim Country Director of Colombia since 2014. I was born in Peru. I am married to Laura and we have two wonderful children, Jose Alonso and Natalia. I am proud to inform you that Compassion has been serving Colombia for 43 years.

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Mateo’s Transformation

When he was just 14, Mateo Lopera Agudelo began using drugs. “Every day, I advised my children about the danger of drugs. I could not understand why my son made the decision to use drugs. What did I do wrong?” asks his mother, Gladys. In the community of Currulao, Colombia where Mateo lives, drug use is a big issue.

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Prayer requests for Colombia

  • Praise God for several students who will be graduating from our Leadership Development Program, armed with university degrees and ready to enter the workforce. Please pray for success as they search for employment so they are best able to support themselves and their families.
  • Please pray for all of the children and families in Compassion’s programs who have been affected by education and civic strikes. Some children have been unable to attend school for a month and many families are struggling to gain necessities.
  • Please pray for peaceful resolutions that won’t hinder the development of our children and their families.
  • Please pray for a beneficiary (CO-172); the girl’s mother is in jail because she killed her father. The teenager currently lives with her grandmother’s sister. Please pray for this girl as she navigates life in the midst of this tragic circumstance.
  • Please pray for Sebastíán (CO-153); he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will require treatment. Please pray for healing over Sebastíán’s body and for timely medical intervention.