Young Life Spoken Here

Est. 2008

Colombia offers a beautiful landscape of rainforests, the Andes Mountains and numerous coffee plantations. For years the country was in a constant state of turmoil caused by drug trade and violence. Yet during this time, in 1981, a teenager became involved with Young Life in neighboring Peru. This teenager eventually became a pastor in Bogotá, Colombia, and spent years sharing his vision of Young Life. In 2008 this vision captured the heart of Alejandro Maldonado, his wife, Andrea, and seven other leaders. Today Maldonado is the Young Life country director in Colombia.

Currently, Young Life Colombia is in five cities and has ministries to kids through YoungLives and Capernaum as well. Kids who for years were recruited by violent guerrilla groups are now learning about their invitation into a personal relationship with Jesus. Young Life Colombia is hoping to turn the tide of the nation with the love of God.

“We dream that these kids will stop being the ‘unreached’ and become the Christian leaders of a new Colombia; one that will lead others to talk less about our country’s drug trafficking and more about who Jesus is and the miracle of His grace for youth,” says Maldonado.

By the Numbers

  • 57 Volunteers
  • 330 Kids in Club Weekly
  • 5,910 Kids Reached in Colombia This Past Year