Compassion Worldwide companions with church buildings in a city referred to as Cúcuta, situated alongside the primary border between Colombia and Venezuela. Amid the chaos and concern, Compassion’s Carlos Alvarez says believers acknowledge God as their solely supply of hope.
“On the field, families keep praying and keep hoping that the situation will probably ease down a little bit, and that they don’t get in the midst of these governmental disputes,” he says.
What’s happening in Colombia and Venezuela?
MNN spoke with Alvarez concerning the ongoing disaster roughly six months in the past. “We’ve been partnering with local churches, frontline churches, for the last eight years. We have learned how the situation has worsened over the last two years as people are coming in from Venezuela,” he advised us then.
Issues haven’t improved; every dawn brings dozens of recent Venezuelan households throughout the border.
Many Venezuelan migrations are “circular,” that means individuals will cross into Colombia as wanted however then return again to their dwelling nation after a time frame. In response to the most up-to-date State of affairs Report, there have been between 25,000 and 40,000 such crossings per week in July. The identical report recorded 1.four million “stationary” Venezuelans inside Colombian territory, although that quantity has doubtless elevated.
Compassion’s companions are serving to 700 Venezuelan households in Christ’s identify, together with “27 pregnant migrant mothers that are in very high vulnerable situation,” Alvarez says. “We’re currently [providing] basic food, sanitation, health, social, emotional and spiritual support.”
Households helped by Compassion reside in abject poverty, however they’re wanting to share their meager meals and shelter with Venezuelans who’ve even much less. “I ask God to provide for me so I can help others. When someone gives me something, I share it with these Venezuelans because they are also in need,” one Colombian girl lately advised Compassion employees.
Colombian believers show Christ’s love in phrase and deed, and it’s transferring Venezuelan hearts.
“Venezuelans are actually being more open to the Gospel,” Alvarez says. “180 families are currently attending local church partners’ services, and 32 parents and 14 youth have been baptized.”
Find out how to assist
In partnership with native believers, Compassion Worldwide commits to standing alongside susceptible communities – come what could. By giving to Compassion’s Catastrophe Reduction Fund, you’ll be able to assist their efforts and meet fast wants.
“This is really an emergency situation; [there are] a lot of people suffering,” Alvarez says. “Be aware of what’s happening, not only at the governmental or public media level but also on the day to day [level].”
Most significantly, pray. Ask the Lord for peace between Colombia and Venezuela. Pray the present tensions received’t escalate into violence or struggle. Pray Compassion receives the monetary assist it must proceed support efforts.
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