Where is Colombia? Who lives there?
Where is Colombia? I’m glad you asked! Colombia is a fairly large country located about 1,000 miles directly south from Florida. It’s a short flight from America—it takes about four hours and forty-five minutes to get there from Atlanta, which is shorter than a flight to Seattle! Colombia is even in the same time zone as the East Coast of America!
Colombia has nearly 50 million people, and several major cities with a population over one million. The biggest of the cities is its capital, Bogotá, with over 9 million people in its metro area! Medellín and Cali are two other major cities; both have a metro population of over 3 million.
Most of these people have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel presented clearly.
Colombia is located at the northwest end of South America, and it borders Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. All of these countries, except Brazil, speak Spanish, and over 99% of Colombians are fluent in Spanish.
Colombians speak Spanish because five hundred years ago, the Spanish came and conquered the native peoples of Colombia. Many Spaniards married Colombian natives, and their descendants intermarried further, and so most people in Colombia are “mestizos”, or mixed-race. Colombia is, however, a very modern and urban country, and so you can find people of every ethnicity within its cities.
One last interesting fact: amazingly, there are absolutely no roads connecting Colombia to Central America and the United States! There’s an enormous jungle where Colombia meets Panama called the Darién Gap, and no road has ever been built to cross it. South America is very much separated from the United States and the rest of North America. Of course, even if they built a road, we would still need missionaries to be sent to preach the Word of God to the people there.
Please pray that God would send missionaries to Colombia!
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