Barrio Pacífico is an improverished shantytown clinging to the mountainside on the edge of the city of Medellín. About 600 children from the barrio are left alone for extended periods of time while their parents work. These children struggle with depression, sadness and hopelessness. The uneducated and untrained adult population work at poorly-paid, unstable jobs—it's barely survival. Assassins, prostitutes and drug dealers roam at will through the neighbourhood. Apart from the dangerous streets, there is no place for the children to go.
For $14 a month, a child can play in safety at the Children's Playhouse, connected with the only Christian church in the area. There they are supervised by believers, receive a meal and learn about Jesus. You can have an impact through this family-oriented program that has the potential to change a whole community. (#3246)
Abba Father Ministry
Many children grow up exposed to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The results are often poor self-esteem, confusion about sexual orientation, and unhealthy lifestyles as they search for love and meaning in life. Abba Father is a ministry to lesbians and homosexuals in downtown Medellín led by volunteers who have been rescued from similar experiences. Because of this ministry many have been reintegrated into society and the workforce. You can have a part in bringing God's grace to others like them. (#3248)
Ministering to the Deaf
The growing city of Medellin (with more than 3.7 million) has more than 20,000 deaf people. Ephraim and Eliana, high school teachers and church members of El Redil, are specialists in sign language and are serving and reaching this population for Christ. Deaf people suffer rejection and abuse, even from their families. El Redil Church is currently supporting the first steps of the foundation of the first church for deaf people in Medellin. With $15 dollars per month you can support the training of deaf leaders and support the translation of Bible teaching videos into sign language. (#3241)
Project overseers: Diego and Claudia Cardona