A Special Thank You From Venezuela
Pastor Jose Elias Lorenzo, President of the Lutheran Church of Venezula (ILV)
Greetings from Venezuela,
From the Ascension Lutheran Church in San Felix in Guana, Venezuela
We want to send many thanks to the brothers of Amigos Center for their willingness and compassion which they have shown to us and to all our congregations on the national level.
We thank our Almighty God and we also thank you, Pastor Selle, for your goodness and for the work which you have done so that this food could come to us in our congregations in Venezuela. You know that Venezuela is passing through a difficult time; however, our God is faithful and is always with us and has blessed us.
So, once again, thank you so much Amigos Center and Pastor Selle. May God bless you all.
Thank you Amigos Center from Venezuela!
A word from Pastor Roberto:
How wonderful and what joy! A big hug Pastor Roberto… God has been so good and it is precious to see the faces of the people, pastors, and brothers and sisters – surprised and thankful, when we tell them that an offering has come from the brothers and sister in the faith from Florida and the people give thanks also for the medicine that they have received from the project from Pastor Jaime Tino, and now with medicine and food…
Thanks be to God because this week we began the distribution process in some of the congregations and also when I serve. There are times that one has to make an extra effort to find some of the foods and it is not easy…
This next weekend we trust that more congregations at the national level we will distributing food also. The most beautiful part is that everyone have seen this as a great blessing and a project where everyone is helping out and we thank God for them.
As we discussed at the end, we will be sending a complete report with photos and if you wish we can also send reports to you little by little from those who are distributing step by step… A big hug my brother and many thank and blessings. Blessings and Greetings to my brother Arturo and your wife Dona.
Brother Pastor Ricardo
We exceeded our goal and raised $10,177!!!
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Thank you for your continued prayers and support as the situation continues to progress in Venezuela.
Let Us Pray For Venezuela:
·For the Lutheran Church of Venezuela and its challenge to preach the Gospel at this moment in history
· For the sick who cannot get their medicines… especially for: Ms. Judith Sánchez, Rev. Eduardo Castillo, Ms. Asunción
·For the Lutheran schools and their economic challenges
·For the pastors and their families
·For the missionary projects of the Venezuelan Lutheran Church
·For peace among all Venezuelans
·For the government
·For children, young people and the elderly
Oremos Por Venezuela:
·Por la iglesia luterana de Venezuela y su desafío de predicar el evangelio en este momento de la historia
·Por los enfermos que no consiguen sus medicinas… especialmente por: Sra. Judith Sánchez, Rev. Eduardo Castillo, Sra. Asunción,
·Por los colegios luteranos y sus desafíos económicos
·Por los pastores y sus familias
·Por las misiones de la ILV
·Por la paz entre los ciudadanos
·Por los gobernantes
·Por los niños, los jóvenes y los ancianos
“Food for Venezuela”
A Project of Amigos en Cristo, Inc. to raise $5,000 to provide food and medicine for the people of Venezuela.
To support this project, click the “Donate” button on the right.
Our campaign will end with a special festival on Saturday, July 22 at Hope Lutheran Church, 25999 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
These are real pictures from Venezuela, taken recently by friends of Global Lutheran Outreach.
Venezuelans are struggling, and many simply do not have enough to eat.
(Left) A woman surveys her options at a Caracas grocery store.
(Right) A line of people waiting up to hours to buy two small bags of corn flour.
What is going on?
The country of Venezuela is in crisis. With inflation at over 700% in 2016 (and projected to reach 1500% in 2017), people are struggling to get enough food to eat. Basic existence in Venezuela is a daily challenge, whether it’s standing in line for hours to get food or medical care, or just walking in the streets and becoming a victim of rampant crime.
The minimum wage is about $7 per month. The average worker earns two to four times the minimum wage, or roughly $15 – $30 per month. However, according to figures from the Venezuelan government, it costs nearly $140 per month to feed a family – approximately 20 minimum wages!
Many Venezuelans believe that the country is turning into a dictatorship. Recently there have been massive protests throughout the country against the government.
People are in desperate need of food. Our Lutheran pastors in Venezuela earn anywhere from $2 – $6 “salaries” per month, or between $14 and $42. The members of the Lutheran congregations are in the same situation.
Three Main Objectives
1) Food: To provide supplemental “baskets” of food to Lutheran congregations in Venezuela for distribution to their members and pastors. Each basket of food will cost about $20. The project will be administered by the Lutheran Church of Venezuela, and locally by each congregation.
A $20 contribution will provide:
- 1 small bag of coffee (7 ounces)
- 3 kg rice (about 6.6 lbs.)
- 2 kg pasta (about 2.5 lbs.)
- 1 kg sugar (about 1.2 lbs.)
- 1 container of butter
- 3 kg. flour (about 6.6 lbs.)
- 3 lt. cooking oil
2) Medicine: Soaring inflation and widespread shortages make it difficult to purchase medicine. A portion of the money will go to purchase vital medicines for people known by the Lutheran churches to have urgent medical needs.
3) Lutheran pastors and professional church workers. A third objective is to supplement the salaries of Lutheran pastors and professional church workers. This will be administered by the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church of Venezuela.
About the Lutheran Church of Venezuela
The Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela (Lutheran Church of Venezuela) was founded in the early 1950’s. Since its inception, Lutheran Hour Ministries has been a valued ministry partner. The ILV has 15 congregations, with about 1,000 members in total, and three Christian day schools.
Venezuelan Pastor Ricardo Granado recently wrote:
“We thank God who has shown His faithfulness to us, who in the midst of such difficult times has been our provider and protector, who keeps and sustains us so that we might continue to joyfully proclaim His love and kindness to His children. He has reconciled us to himself, brought us forgiveness, His undeserved grace, therefore: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy hehas given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
“Queremos agradecer a Dios que ha mostrado su fidelidad para con nosotros que aun en medio de toda la situación difícil Él es nuestro proveedor y protector, nos guarda y sostiene a fin de que con alegría sigamos proclamado su amor y bondad a sus hijos. Él se ha reconciliado con nosotros, nos ha traído su perdón, su gracia inmerecida, por lo cual “Alabamos al Dios y Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que por medio de la resurrección de Jesucristo y por su grande misericordia nos hizo renacer para una esperanza viva, por la resurrección de Jesucristo de los muertos. “ 1 Pedro 1:3
We pray that we can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Venezuela, for as long as the crisis lasts!
To support this project, click the “Donate” button below.