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1940 Jul Gerrard Sluter, a German with Canadian citizenship and previously a pioneer in Guatemala, arrives in Colombia, the first Bahá’í to settle in the country.
  • He later becomes a Covenant-breaker and causes much difficulty to the Bahá’ís in many South American countries.
Colombia Gerrard Sluter; Covenant-breakers
1940 Dec Luis Carlo Nieto becomes the first Bahá’í in Colombia.
  • He soon leaves the Faith and Aura Sanchez, who becomes a Bahá’í in 1941, is considered the first Colombian believer.
Colombia Luis Carlo Nieto; Aura Sanchez
1941 Aura Sanchez becomes a Bahá’í in Colombia, considered the first Bahá’í of the country. Colombia Aura Sanchez
1943 The first Bahá’í group is formed in Bogotá, Colombia, with the celebration of a Unity Feast. Bogota; Colombia Unity Feast
1944 Nov The Local Spiritual Assembly of Bogotá, Colombia, is disbanded.
  • It is not reformed until April 1946.
Bogotá; Colombia LSA
1961 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of Colombia is formed. [BW13:258] Colombia NSA
1964 Apr The chief of the Arpushana clan of the Guajiros, Francisco Pimienta Arpushana, becomes a Bahá’í in Colombia and teaching work begins among his people. [BW14:319] Colombia Francisco Pimienta Arpushana
1975 Jul The first Katio Indians to become Bahá’ís enrol in northern Colombia. [BW16:217] Colombia
1988 10 Sep A three-month teaching project is launched in Colombia, resulting in 1,245 people becoming Bahá’ís. [BINS193:1] Colombia
1995 The Association for Latin American Bahá'í Writers and Authors is formed at the fifth Latin American Seminar for External Affairs in Cali, Colombia. [BINS336:2] Cali; Colombia Find date
2012 21 Apr Plans are announced that the Universal House of Justice is entering into consultations with respective National Spiritual Assemblies regarding the erection of the first local Houses of Worship in each of the following clusters: Battambang, Cambodia; Bihar Sharif, India; Matunda Soy, Kenya; Norte del Cauca, Colombia; and Tanna, Vanuatu. [Riḍván 2012 To the Bahá’ís of the World] Haifa; Israel; Battambang; Cambodia; Bihar Sharif; India; Matunda Soy; Kenya; Norte del Cauca; Colombia; and Tanna; Vanuatu. Mashriqul-Adhkar (House of Worship); Mashriqul-Adhkar, Local
2014 14 Sep Some 500 people attend the unveiling of the design of the first local Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia [BWNS1020]
  • Julian Gutierrez Chacon is the architect for the House of Worship.
  • The relationship between the environment of the region and the community is also expressed in the design of the House of Worship, which was inspired by the shape of the cocoa pod, a plant that grows abundantly in Colombia and is integral to the identity of the landscape and the lives and economy of the people.
  • See BWNS for pictures.
Agua Azul; Norte del Cauca; Colombia Mashriqul-Adhkar, Colombia; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Design; Architecture; Architects BWSN1153
2016 22 May Some 700 people gathered on the temple land in the small village of Agua Azul, in the municipality of Villa Rica near Norte del Cauca, Colombia to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of the first local Baha’i House of Worship. [BWNS1109]
  • See BWNS1100 for pictures.
  • Following the groundbreaking ceremony the three-meter high central mound on which the 18-meter tall Temple will stand will be completed, and the foundational work for the surrounding auxiliary structures will be laid. In time, these structures will be painted in the bright colors traditional to buildings in Colombia.
Agua Azul; Norte del Cauca; Colombia Mashriqul-Adhkar, Local; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Colombia; Foundation stones and groundbreaking
2017 23 Feb Plans for the construction of the local Baha’i House of Worship in Agua Azul, a village in Norte del Cauca, Colombia, have recently reached an important milestone. Construction officially began in January after building contracts were formalized with a local firm in the region. [BWNS1153]

Concurrent with the building the House of Worship has been the reinforcement of activities that contribute to the spiritual and material progress of communities in and around Norte del Cauca. Inspired by the Temple, these community-building activities have multiplied, and a spirit of prayer, devotion, and participation has begun to increasingly permeate the area.

Parallel to this, the community has been undertaking a reforestation project, designated for a "Bosque Nativo" or native forest on an 11-hectare piece of land adjacent to the Temple site to reintroduce native vegetation which has been decimated by years of monoculture plantations of sugarcane.

  • For pictures see BWNS1153
  • For development report dated the 14th of May, 2017 see BWNS1168.
Agua Azul; Norte del Cauca; Colombia Mashriqul-Adhkar, Colombia BWNS1047
2017 16 Nov Progress report on the construction of the local Bahá'í House of Worship in Norte del Cauca. [BWNS1222]
  • See BWNS1047 for information on the reforestation project in the vicinity of the Temple.
Norte del Cauca; Colombia Mashriqul-Adhkar, Colombia; Reforestation; Environment
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