US missionary receives award for ‘changing hearts’ among Colombia’s FARC

Russell Stendal, right, meets with FARC negotiators Yuri Camargo, left; and Noel Pérez, center, in Cuba in Early 2015.
Russ Stendal.World Watch Monitor   An American missionary has received an award for his decades of work ministering to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC, whose 50-year fight against the government had been the world’s longest continuous war when it ended in a peace agreement last August. . . . Read More

Analysis: Latin American Christians need protection from organized crime

Analysis: Latin American Christians need protection from organized crime
For three days last month, El Salvador was the deadliest country in the world. The 125 people killed in gang-related violence from 16-18 Aug. could not be matched even by the horrors in Syria and Iraq. Violence related to organized crime is perhaps the most significant threat to Latin America’s . . . Read More

Colombian Christian leader accused of FARC affiliation

Colombian Christian leader accused of FARC affiliation
As peace talks continue between the Colombian government and Latin America’s oldest left-wing guerrilla insurgency, FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a case involving a prominent Christian leader highlights the difficulties faced by those who seek to mediate between the opposing sides. At the other end of the political spectrum . . . Read More