Once renowned for its lawlessness and drug cartels, Colombia is now a much more stable country, though by no means free from problems. The significant story is that in spite of the years of lawlessness, the Church has grown. The way that the gospel transformed the notorious Bellavista Prison is cause for much praise to God.

Theo and Sonja Donner have been serving in Colombia since 1983

GBM has been involved in Colombia for thirty years through our connection with the Biblical Seminary in Medellin, where Theo Donner teaches. It has been a joy to see the impact that the Seminary has had on so many churches across Colombia and beyond. Colombia continues to be one of the neediest countries in Latin America, with far fewer evangelicals than most Latino countries.

How can you pray for Colombia?

  • The safety of missionaries as they are targets for both physical and spiritual enemies of the gospel.
  • For the continued progress of the Biblical Seminary and the impact it has through the ministry of its students.
  • For Colombian churches as they reach out to those Amerindian peoples that cannot be reached by foreign missionaries.

Opportunities to serve in Colombia

  • Seminary lecturers
  • TEFL teachers
  • Work with street children and the homeless

GBM stories from Colombia


    Colombia – key facts

    • Population 48.2 million (July 2018 est.)
    • Population Growth 0.97% (2018 est.)
    • Ethnicity mestizo and white 87.6%, Afro-Colombian (includes mulatto, Raizal, and Palenquero) 6.8%, Amerindian 4.3%, unspecified 1.4% (2018 est.)
    • Language Spanish (official)
    • Religion Roman Catholic 79%, Protestant 14%, other 2%, unspecified 5% (2014 est.)
    • Literacy 94.7% (2016)

    (Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)