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Faith that endangers and saves

Faith that endangers and saves


It was 1988, Bogota, Colombia, during the time of (La Violencia) the 40 year war of insurgents against the government. At the same time Pablo Escobar was wreaking havok, killing and maiming thousands, all who opposed his cocaine empire. Americans who were found in the country were viewed with suspicion (were they DEA agents, were they spies?) I was there with 20 others (all North Americans) we were on a Christian missionary assignment, constructing the national headquarters and Bible publishing factory in a small town 40 kms outside of Bogota.  The Bishop was not happy with us building in his town.  He called and complained to the Mayor, who then called the Governor  who then called the President, who then called the Military to intervene in what they thought was some illegal clandestine activity by Americans.  Two convoys of soldiers came without warning, and broke into our compound, soldiers searching and screaming "donde estan los Gringos?" (where are all the Americans?) I was quickly hidden underneath a pile of wood in the carpentry shop, I could see the soldiers with their machine guns, in a frenzy checking everywhere. I prayed fervently for a half hour, supplicating God to save us! Not one of us were found that day!


Faith that endangers
Scorching animosity
God's saving power


For Faith Haibun Contest by Regina Riddle
July 09,2020








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