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Adventism in Colombia

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Colombia is an integral part of the worldwide family of Adventist churches. Two organizational units coordinate Adventist work in Colombia, one in the north region of the country and the other one in the south. By the year 2016, according to official records, the North Colombian Union Conference was overseeing the evangelistic work of 109,104 members in 841 congregations (ASTR 2016b: 143), while the South Colombian Union Conference covered 153,027 members in 700 congregations (p. 158). Frank Kelly, a self-supporting missionary who first traveled with his wife from the United States to Bogotá in 1895, was the first Seventh-day Adventist to enter Colombia for mission work.

Beginnings of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Colombia

The minutes of the thirty-first meeting of the Foreign Mission Board – held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 11, 1897 – contain the first official reference to Adventist mission in Colombia. The record says that...

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  • Adventist
  • Mission
  • Colombia
  • Frank Kelley
  • Colporteur
  • Healthcare
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Guerrero, A. (2019). Adventism in Colombia. In: Gooren, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions. Religions of the World. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_399-2

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