Venezuela--a mineral-rich, once prosperous South American nation that now stands as an international tragedy. The story fills our news and breaks our hearts. Nearly 3 million Venezuelans fled the country. Health services are disappearing, food is scarce … and expensive. Imagine an inflation rate of over 60,000%. But also imagine this: our Peruvian, Colombian, Ecuadorian, and Costa Rican partners traveling to this politically unstable country to encourage and train pastors and leaders! They bring money from their churches, along with basic life necessities for their brothers and sisters living through this pain. Some 93 leaders of the church in Venezuela turned out for their second ITI training week, despite the risk. God was present as well. Joy filled the gathering. The contrast amazes me, yet it’s how the gospel works—into darkness, God enters with light and hope. Pray for these leaders who will bring the transforming power of the Gospel to Venezuela.
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