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For the past two years, a local church we have been partnering with has served a community in Maracaibo near the open-air market (MercaSur). This community has seen a lot of poverty and difficulties due to the situation in Venezuela. But in spite of these hardships, God’s Kingdom has been growing in MercaSur.
Jose and Maria Camacho have been faithfully leading this group in MercaSur from the very beginning. They initially had 60 children attending their literacy group. Today, they have 180 children. And that’s not including the parents who come for a warm meal and a Bible lesson.
They serve this community twice a week – making and bringing hot meals, teaching literacy classes, bible lessons, and giving children an opportunity to buy groceries for their families.
Once a month, they have a “store” where each student goes to buy things with the points they have accumulated during the month. Children get points by attendance, participation, memorizing Bible verses, and completing their work. However, instead of buying prizes and toys the children earn points to buy groceries and clothes for their families.
Pray for Jose and Maria. They have demonstrated a deep commitment and passion for serving these children. They truly have a servant’s heart. Pray also for the community of MercaSur that God’s Word would flourish in the hearts of these children.
Luz Mary Epiayu is one of the best students from the literacy group in MercaSur. She has already learned how to read and has memorized several Bible verses.
Darwin and Denyire Lopez are a missionary couple who have been sent by their local church in Maracaibo to serve in Zamurpana, a Wayuu community of 300 people located 20 miles south of Maracaibo.
At first, the community was very skeptical of them.
No one would offer them any food or water. Darwin says that sometimes all they would eat was the cacti they found around the community.
Their sacrifice and effort gave fruit. Today, they have a mission church where they serve 10 families teaching them the gospel. Darwin, his wife, and daughters are working hard to learn Wayuu so that they can disciple the Wayuu in their native language.
With the help of Bread of Hope, Darwin and Denyire are starting a literacy group in the Zamurpana community to help provide education for these children who are not currently enrolled in the school system. In fact, many of them, have never gone to school.
Please pray for Darwin and Denyire and their family as they serve the Wayuu in Zamurpana.
We continue to be amazed by the response we have gotten for this year’s mission trip. Many of you have registered to serve the Wayuu people with us in La Guajira, Colombia this summer. As a reminder, our deadline to sign up for this year’s trip is March 15th. There are only a few spots remaining before we reach our max capacity.
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Maicao, Colombia. Is a small commercial city in Colombia, just 8 miles from the border with Venezuela. 7 miles outside this city, in the landfill, God led us to a small community formed by over 60 Wayuu families who are refugees fleeing the hardships of Venezuela. The main source of income for these families comes from the trash in the landfill. They dig through the trash as the trucks come during the day (or sometimes every other day) and find recycling material that they sell to make some money. On average they make 8,500 pesos a day ($2.70 USD) while the daily minimum wage in Colombia is 24,000 pesos ($8 USD).
Most of these families are unreached, but for the last year, we have been working to build a strong relationship with this community. For the last several months, God allowed us to demonstrate His love; now He is giving us the chance to speak about it. The community is open, receptive and even eager to learn God’s message of love. But as we provide for their spiritual needs we also want to contribute to their physical and mental needs as well. For 2019, we are embracing this community as our primary focus of outreach in Colombia. We hope to assist with education for children who are not currently enrolled in the school system, provide clean drinking water, hot meals, and plant a church.
We praise God for allowing us the privilege of serving this community that they just recently named “La Esperanza” (the Hope).
Short-term Mission Trip
During the month of September a team of 7 from New Mercy Community Church from Hackensack, New Jersey joined us in La Guajira Colombia for a ten dayshort-term mission trip.
We served 7 local churches in La Guajira through eye clinics, installing water filtration systems, children’s bible school, and construction.
The New Mercy team spent a special time of bonding and sharing with the youth at Zion Church where they shared life experiences, prayed and encouraged the youth to live a life dedicated to love and serve Christ and His kingdom.
New Mercy Community Church has partnered with Bread of Hope to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached Wayuu. They will be focusing on empowering local churches through training and investing in the Christian Wayuu youth.
“I have been on many mission trips before and on all of them
Amira Gonzalez is a volunteer teacher at one of our literacy groups in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She is in charge of teaching and preparing meals for the literacy group that meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Her class has 12 students ranging from 13 to 15 years old. Amira says that her goal is to instruct her students to not forget God’s Word. She knows that this is the age that many students fall away from the church and get distracted by the things in the world.
Amira is constantly surprised at how the children have changed since attending the literacy group. The children, themselves, have openly shared or “testified” how they are now treating their parents differently and behaving more at home. This has made many parents curious and willing to attend not only the literacy group, but church services as well.
Amira shares a special bond with her students. Since she is Wayuu herself, Amira has been able to overcome a lot of language and cultural barriers to reach her students. They are encouraged and challenged in their learning and pay more attention since Amira is able to teach and share with them in Wayuu.
Amira wants to thank from the bottom of her heart all of her brothers and sisters in Christ who have donated or helped Bread of Hope in the United States. “We thank God for your big hearts, your lives, your offerings, and your prayers” – Amira Gonzalez.
(Stories from the Field: Maracaibo, Venezuela)
In spite of the hardships and challenges that Venezuela is currently going through, God is still moving and God is still faithful. The world around us may be dying, but HE NEVER CHANGES! This month we wanted to share with you a story about how one person’s faithfulness can impact the lives of many. This is the story of Maria.
Maria Luisa Chacon, is a Christian school teacher who has her doctorate in Education. Maria works with one of our local church groups in Venezuela, coordinating a literacy program with children who live and work around the biggest outdoor market in Maracaibo.
It has been a blessing to have someone with her experience. Maria has graciously donated her time training and equipping the teachers involved with this literacy program. They started this February by assessing each student individually, to see what they needed to learn. This isn’t lecture style learning. Maria is passionate and dedicated to seeing that each child actually learns how to read and write.
They meet on Wednesdays and have about 70 students who come each week. Maria’s education and years of experience have shown her that education is a science. The best way to teach literacy is to first understand how a child learns. Maria applies a method that relies on activating the neocortex of the brain that awakens a person’s memory and makes learning more accessible. They have created their own program using pictures and symbols to help students learn letters and sounds, the first steps of reading.
One afternoon, a child’s mother, was paying particularly close attention to her son’s notebook. She picked up a pencil and began to write her name, amazed she told Maria that it was the first time in her life that she had ever written her name. She didn’t understand letters.
As a goal these teachers hope to teach all 70 of these students how to read and write by June. But this is not just for their current future, but their eternal one as well. All of our literacy groups end by teaching each student how to read God’s Word. They recently received a copy of the New Testament. These teachers hope that these students will believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior and multiply the work He started in them to those around them.
Would you like to help? Maria is asking for colorful books or notebooks that can be used to teach letters and sounds.
From December 18th – 22nd, Bread of Hope hosted a church planters’ training for 9 Wayuu leaders. This training was the just the beginning of a year-long program with these Wayuu church planters.
Our first training session centered around God’s Word. The church planters’ intensively learned how each story in the Bible (beginning in Genesis) is connected through Jesus Christ. Each story is a shadow of the Messiah, the redeemer, the chosen lamb…the Savior to come.
There was so much passion and excitement amongst the students. Several times they all pleaded to skip lunch, so that they could continue learning. They were eager to hear and learn more about the Bible.
This training meant a lot to these students and we were able to witness this during our closing gathering where we shared the Lord’s supper. Many of them shared in tears how they were finally able to see God’s Word as one big picture. Before training, many of them avoided teaching the Old Testament thinking that it had absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. They thought that the Bible was made up of a bunch of little stories, but never imagined that each story was part of a greater message. Many shared through their tears that for once everything finally made sense.
We are excited and looking forward to our future trainings with these church planters. We know that God has great plans for them and His ministry with the Wayuu people. Please continue to keep praying for these nine men throughout the year.