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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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Support a Wayuu Pastor during the COVID-19 crisis

Please consider donating to help support these pastors as they still continue to serve their communities

The government of Colombia has taken severe measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these measures are deeply affecting our Wayuu brothers and sisters as they continue their mission to make disciples of Christ in their communities. 100% of the pastors we serve are bi-vocational ministers. They have a part-time job to help provide for their families. Most of them have informal jobs, such as motorcycle taxi, weaving Wayuu bags, and selling goat meat. Obviously, with the restrictions that the government has implemented these jobs have come to a halt. Please consider donating to help support these pastors as they still continue to serve their communities and share the Gospel of Jesus.

COVID-19 Ministry update

Today’s COVID-19 crisis threatens everyone’s way of life as it is spreading so rapidly around the globe. This situation reminds us of how interconnected the world is today and how important it is to respond with a Christ-like spirit.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

John 14:1

Bread of Hope is monitoring the spread of the COVID – 19 virus. First and foremost, we pray that you and your families have not been impacted by the COVID 19. Each one of you is very dear to us and we consider you part of our Bread of Hope family. If you have any prayer needs please let us know how we can be praying for you. During these tough and trying times, we have the assurance of our sovereign God that He is in control. We can rest in the peace of Jesus Christ and the grace that was poured out over us on the cross.

Recently, the government of Colombia has taken severe measures to prevent an outbreak of the virus. They have closed their borders by land, sea and have restricted international flights for three weeks. These measures have greatly impacted the Wayuu people.

Please be in prayer with us as we seek God’s direction in guidance during these challenging times. We are praying that the COVID-19 virus will open doors for us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the unreached Wayuu People.

MISSION TRIPS
We will be monitoring the situation in the U.S. and in Colombia very closely and will be making a decision about our mission trip within the next few weeks.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

PRAYER. 

Join our prayer list. We will send you weekly prayer updates so you can connect with us and what God is doing among the Wayuu people in the midst of this crisis.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done

Philippians 4:6

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SUPPORT A WAYUU PASTOR

The government of Colombia has taken severe measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these measures are deeply affecting our Wayuu brothers and sisters as they continue their mission to make disciples of Christ in their communities. 100% of the pastors we serve are bi-vocational ministers. They have a part-time job to help provide for their families. Most of them have informal jobs, such as motorcycle taxis, weaving Wayuu bags, and selling goat meat.  Obviously, with the restrictions that the government has implemented these jobs have come to a halt. Please consider donating to help support these pastors as they still continue to serve their communities and share the Gospel of Jesus.

SUPPORT A WAYUU PASTOR

 

As children of God, situations like these remind us that this is a lost, fallen, and imperfect world. But we have an eternal and perfect home in heaven with our Good Father who is the sovereign king in control of all things.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

So we will not fear when earthquakes come and

the mountains crumble into the sea.

Psalms 46:1-2

Summer 2019 Mission Trips

NEWS FROM THE FIELD… TWO FRUITFUL WEEKS IN LA GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA!

WEEK 1 

A team of 28 people came ready to serve and share the gospel with the unreached Wayuu in La Guajira, Colombia!

Your prayers were such a blessing as the team partnered with local Wayuu churches to continue God’s work in building up His kingdom among this unreached people group.

Click here for: MISSION TRIP VIDEO – WEEK 1

WEEK 2 – CHRIST COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church (CCPC) has been partnering with Bread of Hope over the past couple of years!

It is inspiring to see their passion and investment as they support the cause of reaching the Wayuu with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

This year CCPC brought down a whole team to further their partnership, empowering the local Wayuu pastors and their churches to be trained and equipped to share the gospel.

Click here for: MISSION TRIP VIDEO – WEEK 2

BOTH TEAMS SERVED BY:

  • Hosting carnivals that gave the local churches a special opportunity to connect with all the members of their community
  • Providing eye-glass clinics
  • Working to completion of a floor construction of a new church building for Willinton, who is one of the church planters in the pastor training program
  • Assisting in La Esperanza, the new literacy group in Colombia
  • Fellowshipping in an overnight stay in one of our church planters home communities
  • Building and deepening relationships

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AS THESE TEAMS HELPED FURTHER THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL AMONG THE WAYUU PEOPLE!

MercaSur Update

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.

CALLED TO SERVE THE WAYUU

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.

Darwin shows us how to extract the pulp from the cacti.

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.