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Hebert Rincon

Summer 2020

At Bread of Hope, our goal is to empower the Wayuu people to reach their own communities with the Gospel. This summer we got to see that in action during the Covid-19 crisis. Our mission trips were canceled but our local staff continued the work equipping local leaders, empowering native churches, and transforming communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

#CovidCantStopTheGospel 

A New Partnership, More Hope

As the need for food in our ministry in Venezuela arose, we prayed and searched for a way to help supply easy to transport meals from the USA to our partner churches and communities in Venezuela. With the coronavirus crisis, feeding focused ministries were at capacity, and emergency food, such as long shelf life meals and dry food, was hard to find. Thankfully God opened the door with Gleanings for the Hungry. From our first contact, they were very open to know about Bread of Hope and partnering with us. 

Gleanings for the hungry is a mercy ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), their mission is to feed the hungry of the world, both physically and spiritually. They produce shelf-stable food such as a dehydrated soup mix and dried fruits.  Their production is given to partner ministries around the world, to be distributed in impoverished areas. 

Our campaign, Meals of Hope, raised the funds we needed in less than a week!  Through this campaign, we were able to send the first shipment that will supply over 25,000 meals and hundreds of nutritional drinks for Wayuu families in Venezuela. 

We are deeply thankful for Gleanings for the Hungry, their leadership, and the donors who made this a reality. Hundreds of Wayuu families will be blessed and touched by the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a tangible way. 

Meals of Hope

Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world, but it has been suffering an unprecedented fuel crisis. This has forced people to walk miles to work, leave crops rotting in the fields, or turn to a military-controlled market to buy gas at an exorbitant price.

The country’s health-care system is in disarray after years of mismanagement and corruption. Hospitals have shortages of medicine, supplies, and even lack the most basic services such as running water or electricity. The UN is calling it one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis for a country not in conflict.

This situation presents a difficult challenge for our ministry in Venezuela. Our literacy and outreach programs continue to make an impact on the lives of hundreds of Wayuu children who rely on the support of their teachers to get the education they need, a nutritious meal, and more importantly the hope of the Gospel.

Lately, our local staff and church partners are struggling to find all the supplies and food they need locally. This is making it difficult to continue to provide the needed meals to the communities that they serve. Bread of Hope has partnered with Gleanings for the Hungry to create this campaign that will supply our partner churches in Venezuela with 20,000 meals. This campaign will allow us to continue and expand our feeding programs for the rest of the summer. Our hope is that our local staff and partners will be able to reach out and give even more Wayuu communities in Venezuela the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:6

VENEZUELA MINISTRY UPDATE MAY 2020

Help us provide meals for at-risk Wayuu families in Venezuela

$6,000 provides 25,000 hot meals ($0.24/meal) and hundreds of supplemental nutritional drinks for malnourished children.

VENEZUELA MINISTRY UPDATE – COVID-19 CRISIS

If you live in the U.S. and have filled your car up lately, chances are that you have seen gas prices at a new low. 

Due to the Coronavirus crisis and over-production in the worldwide oil market, the price for gasoline in the U.S. is at the lowest it has been in years. 

That is not the case for Venezuela, whose gas price went from the lowest in the world to an impossible commodity that requires U.S. dollars to buy. 

For years, Venezuela has had its gasoline subsidized by its state oil company, PDVSA. For what you pay to buy an egg in Venezuela, you could buy 90 million liters (over 23 million gallons) of 95 octane gasoline. The socialist Venezuelan government led by Nicolas Maduro has irresponsibly allowed gasoline subsidies to continue in spite of rocketing inflation. PDVSA, which has a legal monopoly on fuel sales, was basically selling gas for pocket change.

Venezuela’s 1.3 million barrel-per-day oil refining network has all but collapsed. Furthermore, U.S. sanctions aimed at ousting Maduro have complicated fuel imports, which were Maduro’s source of gas for the last few months. 

The current Coronavirus crisis has given Maduro the perfect excuse to limit gasoline exclusively to government and military personnel.  

Venezuelans are now contending with unprecedented fuel shortages, which have forced people to walk miles to work, left crops rotting in the fields, or turn to a military-controlled market to buy gas at an exorbitant price. Black market dealers are offering to deliver 20 liters of gasoline for $50 ($9.46 per gallon) in a country where the minimum wage is currently at Bs. 800.000 monthly, which at the current exchange rate equals $4.60 monthly.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR MINISTRY? 

This situation presents an unprecedented challenge for our ministry. 

Fortunately, the local church has been the backbone of our ministry since our early beginnings in Venezuela. Our success lies in the development and growth of the local body of believers, making disciples and encouraging one another as we all seek to reach the Wayuu people with the Gospel. The message we hear from our Venezuelan brothers and sisters is very encouraging. They are determined to continue to serve their communities despite the present limitation and challenges. The literacy groups continue to impact the lives of hundreds of children who daily rely on the support of their teachers to get the education they need and a nutritious meal, along with the hope of the Gospel. 

Darwin Lopez, one of our ministry partners, is a missionary in Maracaibo who was sent to plant a church among an unreached Wayuu community in South Maracaibo. Darwin and his wife Denyire are some of the most dedicated people we know when it comes to reaching the Wayuu. They visit the community of Zamurpana regularly, where they spend days teaching several Wayuu families the Gospel. They also have a literacy group that teaches reading and writing in Spanish and Wayuunaiki to the community’s children. 

Since the COVID-19 crisis started, they have struggled to find transportation to get to this remote community, but for Darwin and his family, there are no limitations to continue their calling to serve the Wayuu in Zamurpana. 

Every week, Darwin, Denyire, and their four little girls jump into their “carrula” (a homemade bicycle wagon) and travel almost 9 miles from their home to Zamurpana to make sure the Wayuu are able to hear the message of the Gospel. 

The situation in Venezuela may be difficult, but just like Darwin, our church partners and local staff in Venezuela are committed to continuing to bring the Gospel to unreached Wayuu communities. 

Now, more than ever, our Wayuu brothers and sisters in Venezuela need our support. 

Please, continue to pray for our staff and church partners in Venezuela, and consider supporting us financially to ensure the Wayuu people in Venezuela hears the Gospel. 

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Equip

Wayuu pastors and church leaders can reach their communities better than we can.   As a ministry working overseas, we understand that the best way to spread the gospel is through local believers and Christian leaders. They can overcome the cultural barriers better than we can, they know and understand their culture and communities, they speak the language and have influence among their people. What many of these Christian leaders are missing is foundational biblical and practical training for their ministry. In our experience, Wayuu pastors are aware of their need for biblical training. The number one request we get from pastors in Colombia, after prayer, is for biblical and theological training.

 

SEMBRADORES (SEED SOWERS) BIBLE TRAINING

85% of the world’s evangelical pastors have little or no biblical training.

Well-equipped pastors are crucial to achieving our goal of reaching the Wayuu people.  It has been said that global missions is a very simple endeavor: All that is needed is a man, called of God, sent to the place where God has called him, with the right tools in his hands. In La Guajira, Colombia faithful Christian leaders and pastors are willing to take the Gospel to their people, but they are greatly hindered by their lack of even the most basic resources. At Bread of Hope, we believe that an essential part of our ministry is to provide these indigenous pastors with those resources that will empower them to make and multiply disciples in their communities, plant new churches, and impact La Guajira region with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for His glory.

As a response to this need, we created the Sembradores program to equip native leaders with the biblical tools they need to, understand the gospel, preach it in their communities and effectively make disciples in their churches.

This is a two-year program, with week-long (4-5 days) training sessions, every two months. At the end of this process, the participants will have completed an average of 50 full days of training, and over 400 hours of biblical training and over 50 hours of practical lessons in the field with their disciples.

Empower

As Church planters are graduating, we will work alongside their local church empowering them to reach out to other communities planting new churches.

We do this by helping the church planter create a church leadership team or Hope Team. This team is trained and discipled by the church planter using the tools provided to teach the gospel, encouraging these believers to find their gifts and talents in God’s kingdom. This way we ensure the local church is working as a team in their efforts to reach other communities.

Transform

The purpose of our “transform” strategy, is to start a community development process through the local Wayuu church. Once the Hope teams have been equipped and empowered with the gospel and the tools they need, they are encouraged to go into their communities and identify how they can engage through different programs such as water projects, eye clinics, construction, and literacy programs. These programs will give Wayuu churches a way to connect with members of the community who would not normally walk to church on a Sunday.