"When I was preparing my sermon for our service, the guerrillas came into the church and started to yell at me," said Pastor Roberto. "One of them told me that I must leave the region, or I would be killed. I knelt and took my Bible in my arms, and I started to pray while he continued insulting me. Suddenly, he began to destroy the chairs with a machete. When he got close to me, I kept in silence on my knees, praying. He tried to hit me, but thanks to the mercy of God, his attempt failed."
On several occasions, Pastor Roberto received threats from FARC militants who came to the church. "You are not allowed to continue teaching ideologies opposite to ours," they would say. They also accused him of being a paramilitary and an army informant.
They even threatened him when he was preaching the gospel inside the church. A month before the last attack, one militant came into the church and shouted at him saying, "You are not here for preaching. You are working with the army, and because of that you must leave or we will kill you."
In addition to this, the guerrillas went to his house two separate times, but his wife told them that Pastor Roberto was not there.
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Rank: 25 Previous Rank: 46 Leader: President Juan Manuel Santos Government: Republic Religion: Christianity (Roman Catholicism) Population: 48.8 million (44.6 million Christians) Source of persecution: Organized corruption/Tribal antagonism/Aggressive secularism