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.