What are the people like in Colombia? (Part 2)
In our last post, we explored some aspects of life in Colombia, including the one of them being: a life surrounded by signs of Christianity but without any real, saving connection to Jesus Christ. In this post, we’ll explore some of the good things Colombians get to enjoy.
First, and most importantly, the food is tremendous! Especially in coastal regions, shrimp and fish are commonplace, and crops like corn and potatoes (both native to the Americas) form a huge part of Colombian diets. Meats are not cheap, so vegetables form a larger part of Colombian cuisine than ours in America—which is probably much better for their health! (For a less healthy treat, their ice cream is fantastic!) Of course, while most Colombian food tastes great even to our American palate, there are some local… delicacies… that we might not enjoy as much. In the Andes, “hormigas” are often eaten. That word “hormigas” literally means “ants”, but if you’re like me, you assumed that of course that couldn’t mean that they eat ants… But yes, indeed, they do. I’ve heard they’re great toasted with oil and a little bit of salt! (pictured below)
Speaking of the Andes, that’s an enormous mountain range (the longest in the world!) that starts in Colombia and runs all the way from the top of South America to its bottom at the south end of Chile. Mountain climbing and hiking are not a part of typical life in coastal regions, of course, but the beaches of Colombia are beautiful, and Colombia borders both the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon tropical rain forest reaches into southern Colombia, lending a tremendous amount of biodiversity to the country. While Colombia has relatively few full-blooded indigenous people (most Colombians are “mestizos”, or mixed-race), you will find some whose tribes have dwelt in the forests near the tributaries of the Amazon!
There is one last cheerful thing to mention. Yes, Colombia is a country where many, many more laborers are required. Yes, most Colombians are Catholics, without an understanding of the goodness of Jesus and about salvation by grace, through faith alone. If you go to Colombia, you would find out that Colombians are unusually hungry to hear the good news. Our fellow laborers and friends, Aaron and Aubrey Vance, have started a church in Colombia that now runs well over 100 people within its second year! Colombians who hear the Gospel are coming to the Lord every day.
Will you help by praying for laborers to rise up to go to Colombia?
Will you consider going yourself?