In Colombia, the Avivamiento megachurch hopes former FARC rebels will get religion

Colombia Disarmament

Fog hovers over the Mariana Paez transition zone, one of many rural camps where rebel fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, are making their transition to civilian life, near the municipality of Mesetas, Colombia, on June 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Source: Religion News Service

By Julia Friedmann

MESETAS, Colombia (RNS) — Nearly 160 miles south of Bogotá, members of South America’s longest-running insurgency are rediscovering religion.

As part of the implementation of a 2016 peace deal, the Colombian government has permitted a Bogotá-based megachurch called Avivamiento to begin building churches to convert ex-combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to evangelical Christianity.

In a country scarred by more than five decades of war, the peace accord has become a religious as well as a politically charged issue. Colombian voters narrowly rejected an early version of the peace deal in a contested referendum. A revised peace deal was ratified by the Congress of Colombia.

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