The Voice of the Martyrs, publisher of this book, is committed
to spreading the Gospel to all people of the world and has a special
heart for those who are persecuted for their Christian faith. This
book is one of many offered to raise awareness of what other people
believe and how Christians can bring the Light of the Word to them.
Because of this focus, Bold Believers in Columbia is a great tool
for our Christian homeschools.
In 56 pages, this full-color, spiral bound book teaches about
the geography, history, and culture of Columbia, as well as including
several real-life stories of how Christians are making a difference
in the country. Also scattered throughout the book are suggested
activities to engage your children such as crossword puzzles, a
map, a Spanish song, recipes to make, Bible verses to look up,
I found the book to be useful in so many ways:
- When used in its entirety, Bold Believers in Columbia
makes a fairly complete unit study for students in 3 rd grade
and above. Besides math, all other subjects are covered at some
- For children who are researching Columbia or missionaries,
the book makes a fantastic resource. I estimate that most 5
th graders should be able to read and comprehend the material
on their own.
- Because it is so Biblically driven, it works well
as a family devotional.
- I also believe the material could be easily used
as part of a co-op class. Many of the activities adapt well
to group situations, such as creating a refuge shelter, playing
Columbian children's games, and opportunities for discussion.
I'll warn you that the book doesn't mince words about some of
the evil found in Columbia. Here's an example.
"Guerrillas in Columbia sometimes kidnap teenagers and force
them to become guerrilla soldiers. The guerrillas probably wanted
to kidnap Jacquelynne. Jacquelynne was a 15-year-old Christian
girl. She and her family lived in a village that was controlled
by the FARC guerrillas. Jacquelynne's, father, Guillermo, was
the pastor of a church of about 60 people. The guerrillas do
not like Christians or churches. They would not allow the people
in the village to attend church. They knew people who served
God would not help the guerrillas. The guerrillas especially
do not like pastors. Guerrillas attacked Jacquelynne's father
because of his faith. Sadly, he died of his injuries."
If you think your children are ready to hear about the evil that
many Christians and missionaries throughout the world face, this
book is a great introduction. In "kid-sized" bites, with quite
a lot of historical and cultural information included, Bold Believers
in Columbia will not only introduce them to these evils, but build
their faith as they see God's hand at work in the country. Your
children will also be encouraged to begin praying diligently for
the persecuted church and be challenged to boldly share the Gospel
message no matter their situation.