A diverse collection of stories and experiences from our friends and family around the world. Some pass only briefly through our ministry, others serve here long-term or are beneficiaries of our programs. Here are some of their reflections, stories and experiences.
By: Merlin M.| Volunteer Maria Eugenia and her three children are the newest residents in the temporary women’s shelter operated by Ciudad Refugio. Originally from Venezuela, Maria Eugenia, her husband Victor and their children: [...]
By: Norellys | Volunteer I was born into a loving family in Sucre, Venezuela. My parents had a troubled marriage and separated when I was five years old. I never had a real relationship with my father after he abandoned our family. For [...]
By: Andrew C. | United Church/Excel I’ve been working with Ciudad Refugio since 2014. Through the years, I’ve witnessed their outpouring of love as the hands and feet of Jesus in the streets and hillsides of Medellin. The destitute, [...]
By : Merlin M. | Volunteer As part of our response to the COVID-19 crisis, Ciudad Refugio has started a temporary shelter for women in need. We are pleased to share how God miraculously brought the following mother and daughter to the [...]
By : Murn J. | Volunteer I first arrived at Ciudad Refugio in January as a member of a World Race team. We were supposed to spend two months in Colombia followed by two months in Ecuador and then Peru. Ever since I arrived here in Colombia, [...]
By : Merlin M. | Volunteer For more than two years, Ciudad Refugio has been praying and seeking ways to evangelize our immediate neighborhood, Prado Centro. For those who aren’t aware, Prado Centro was once a wealthy and upper class [...]
By : Pastor Douglas In the days we are living in I am thankful to be a part of the body of Christ and for the privilege to be His light and peace to the troubled world around us. Similar to the majority of countries around the world, [...]
By : Michaela S. | Practicum Student My name is Michaela and I’m a university student in Social Work from Sweden. I was interested in doing my semester of practice in Colombia and that led me to research and find Ciudad Refugio. The [...]
Dear family, It is with much anticipation that I announce we have received final approval to start the demolition and construction of the new building. D-day is set for December 1, 2019 and we are anticipating project completion by the end [...]
By : Merlin M. | Volunteer Ciudad Refugio was given a unique opportunity this school year to facilitate an English Club for students at a local high school. Teams of volunteers would walk to the Intitución Tulio Ospina every Wednesday and [...]
CIUDAD REFUGIO provides a refuge for those in need through the provision of humanitarian aid and holistic programing.Through feeding, housing, recovery, education, and work-readiness programming we help provide both short and long term assistance for those interested in restoring their lives and creating lasting change for their futures.