By Pastor Jose
Pastor Jose Arturo is from Bogat� Colombia.
He has taken the word of God to many regions in Colombia even to
places where it is prohibited to speak the name of Jesus.
Colombia has many internal problems that makes it difficult for
believers to practice their faith. In the south of Colombia
there is much guerrilla warfare. His ministry takes much courage
and the definite leading of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Arturo is
looking for the Lord to again open churches that were closed due
to laws of public order in the country. His wife works alongside
of him in the area of drug rehabilitation to the youth of
Contact Pastor Arturo at:
Pray for the village of Villalobos
Pray for Colombia
Pray that those who have a desire to
spread the word of God will not be hindered by the
Pray that the strongholds of idolatry and
witchcraft will come down
Pray for safety for missionaries and
traveling pastors to areas of conflict
Pray for the poor and impoverished people
Pray for open door to take the message
throughout Colombia and other nations
Pray for financial provision for this
pastor and his family
In February 2009, Pastor Arturo will be going
to VEGALARGA. It is a very dangerous place in the South West of
Colombia. Please keep him in your prayers.
The Way It Is!
I have been sharing the gospel in some of the
very dangerous zones of Colombia. Such towns where violence
predominates, idolatry, witchcraft and the CRAF which is an
armed group. When I am invited to evangelistic campaigns, I
first have to spend much time in prayer, about the space of six
months, before leaving to that town or place. Because of
the practices of witchcraft and other influences I pray that God
will prepare me for the spiritual warfare I will be up against
so that such forces cannot interfere in the work which GOD wants
to do there. In the end, God always gives us the victory.
They are towns and other distant places I go
to that without God I can do no good. Working in the
forest is very difficult and dangerous. For example, one
difficult place to work in is a town called Villalobos in the
department of the Caquet� (the South West of Colombia). To go to
this place from the capital (Bogota) by land it takes about 24
hours, and it is only possible to travel during the day from 5am
to 7pm. In order to arrive at this place it is necessary to go
through many military defenses more or less like about 7, where
there is much supervision by the troops of the country, with the
purpose to block the entrance of food to the guerrilla forces.
On the other hand, the guerrilla forces does not want that
missionaries should visit such places; thus they decreed an
order to kill pastors and missionaries who visit these places.
Because of this reason, the Christian churches must ask for a
permission to the commander in charge of the guerrillas for
access or else they run the risk of being assassinate.
The first time that the commander of the
guerrilla travels to that place he did not want that I should
come there. I had many slips during the trip, until I had to
sleep in the own forest because the night had already arrived.
Praised the Lord, a farmer of the region gave us lodging and on
the following day we started off very early, arriving at the
Villalobos town to 8pm. The Villalobos town is a compound of few
small houses, approximately ten (10) houses, which are
constructed in wood. The Christian church supports the people of
low resources, like for example, one offering is made available
for the food of these people who are more or less about two
hundred (200). This offering provides breakfast, lunch and
dinner to this village. The members of the church also support
this village with supplies of rice, Pope, and oil among other
things. In this town potable water is scarce, even though near
the village there is a small lake that can be used but it
does not have a very high vegetation and it is visited by many
different types of wild animals. In the houses there is no bath
and for the accomplishment of the physiological needs it is
necessary to go to places where vegetation exists.
For many visiting pastors and missionaries in
such areas, this is not very comfortable because most of us live
in the city. In the evangelistic campaigns they are brothers who
come from very far places which can take up to about eight (8)
hours or more on horse and walking up to twelve (12) hours. The
Christian church in Colombia helps provide for lodging of
visiting pastors and missionaries. The church has a wood house
with about 50 beds with out mattresses that are actually tables.
Many of these brothers in the work are accustomed to sleeping
without mattresses. Generally the majority of the assistants
helping out in the evangelistic campaigns arrive on horses
because it is the means of transport. Before our brothers in the
ministry can attend the campaigns they must ask permission from
the commander of the guerrillas. Also they must endure the
attendance of the guerrillas or militiamen who attend the
meetings to listen to everything that they a preaching.
This town was lowered to the control of a
wizard (chaman) and by the armed group or the guerrilla. There
is a school that is left by order of the guerrilla, and the lack
of the presence of the state has not made its re-opening
possible. There are two bars or bars made available for
prostitutes by order of the guerrillas. Two women (prostitutes)
accepted God in their hearts the first night of the campaign,
leaving completely behind the world and its past life. Their
testimonies were of great example for the place, that the pastor
of the church was even scared by the radical change in the
prostitutes and their new style of life.
On Sunday the wizard of the town accepted God
in his heart in front of many people who were at those moments
in the evangelistic service. In the Villalobos town the work day
is from eight (8am) until the twelve (12pm) in the day and in
afternoon from the two (2pm) until the five (5pm). The service
for the campaign began about seven (7pm), where also attended
the majority of the people of the town, a group of brothers from
another mission and an indigenous tribe with about twenty of
them including his cacique or leader. The campaign was held
during the days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
In the spiritual war we had tied and
demolished in FAITH the spirit of prostitution and of
witchcraft, as we saw it in the result of the campaign. In these
places it is possible to be taken by order of the guerrilla our
cameras, videos, and cellular phone, at the time of entering the
place we are cleared of these elements.
On the other hand, we also have
missionaries who travel to these places and do not preach the
good news, but they speak of prosperity, selling in one way or
another the word of God, and taking the money from these places.
In Villalobos for more than 7 years did not allow a evangelistic
campaign, I PRAISE and I GLORIFY the NAME OF God who allowed me
to break with this curse and nowadays I can take the word from
GOD to that place. All this with the aid of other brothers that
we get ready in Prayer and Fasting to demolish the strengths of
the impediment of evangelization in this place. It was when I
was visiting along with brothers of the Christian church, to the
commander of the guerrilla to ask for the permission to him so
that he let the town listen to the word of GOD. Nowadays I have
returned to the town (Villalobos) which has grown and the number
of houses have increased to twenty (20) and this town has being
every day very blessed by the presence of God.