Missionaries in Colombia Warned They May Be Targets

The U.S. Embassy in Bogotá has warned Evangelical missionaries and churches in rural Colombia that they may be the targets of guerrilla attacks, according to LAM News Service. The warning, which was not posted on the embassy's Website but has been confirmed by several missionaries in Colombia, followed the recent breakdown of peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

In a statement circulated to resident missionaries throughout Colombia, the embassy said, "The U.S. Government is aware of information that the guerrillas may be targeting members of North American religious missions outside the major cities at this time. We urge all heads of missionary organizations in Colombia to contact their personnel in the field and alert them to this threat."

The major cities referred to in the statement were Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, and the north coast cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla. The concern is for those living and working outside of those cities.