Dear PAZ Friends and Family,

As I talked with Pastor Lima by phone, we cried together as he shared the desperate situation of the thousands of people fleeing from Venezuela seeking refuge in his northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista. Some have walked up to 220km (137 mi.) to get there, with many arriving sick and malnourished, bringing only what they can carry on their backs.

Shelters provided by the UN and the military are full with thousands living wherever there is space—bus stations, open squares, etc. It is heart breaking to see women and children living in vacant lots with little food and minimal protection from the elements with the rainy season approaching. People scrounge through the trash for something to eat—and that is on the Brazil side of the border. In Venezuela, where the situation is worse, people are paying high prices for spoiled meat when it is available. Basic necessities are more and more scarce. Crime is on the rise as people struggle to cope.

Our Boa Vista church is reaching out to the Venezuelans in the city with meals and financial assistance for lodging and medical assistance. The setting provides the opportunity to show the love of Christ meeting both spiritual and physical needs. Besides a weekly Spanish service with free Sunday morning breakfast, the church is also sending truckloads of food and supplies to the PAZ church they planted in Maturim, Venezuela for distribution. You can imagine how dangerous it is to drive a truckload of food through a nation that’s going hungry! But God has given us favor in the fact that the former Venezuelan consul to Brazil, a strong Christian, is the president of our church in Maturim. Because of his credentials as a former military leader, he has favor with the government which has facilitated the process of getting supplies into the country.

The needs of the Venezuelans has put a financial strain on the church as it reaches out to help. We would like to bless the churches in Boa Vista and Maturim with this outreach. Would you prayerfully consider sending a special donation this month to help with the suffering people of Venezuela?

As Jesus said, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. …Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
(Mt 25:35-36, 40)

Thank you so much for your help with this special need!

For the PAZ team,

Jeff & Becky Hrubik

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Nov 09, 2018 | News