Monaco is the second smallest state in the world, with an area of 2 sq km.  Used as a byword for a very high standard of living, most revenue comes from tourism, gambling, and a tax haven.  The prince of this state has been from the house of Grimaldi since 1297.  The religious culture is Catholic, but the real culture of Monaco is materialistic hedonism.  It sounds similar to Las Vegas in the US.  There are over 160 nationalities there with most being expats.  Pray that the small number of Christian evangelicals that are there will find a culturally appropriate way to witness in a country where it is regarded as socially unacceptable.
Colombia is located in the far northwest corner of South America, closest to North America.  They supply 90% of the US’s cocaine.  There are drug-lords, violence, political unrest, kidnappings and thousands of street children.  Who is to blame?  I believe the demand from the US has a large responsibility.  Our addictions, excess and greed will and do have dire consequences on the world. But there is some good news too.  The Church has begun to grow, and a small light is beginning to shine.  Evangelicals were non-existent in 1960 and have now grown to 7.5%, which is significant considering Christians have often been the targets of drug cartels and guerrillas.  And there is the inspirational success story of the Bellavista Prison […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.