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Help Venezuelan Children

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The 10,000 residents of Churuguara, a picturesque town in Venezuela, went without electricity and water for eight days due to the country’s tanking economy. Gigi, one of my Spanish teachers, who lives there, told me long lines snaked each day to get water at a natural spring. It’s only one of the many trials Venezuelans face daily.

Sky rocketing inflation puts basic commodities out of reach. Chicken in the grocery store costs $20. Gigi makes $10 a month in the local High School. She survives teaching Spanish online, when she has electricity and Internet. The average Venezuelan has lost more than 20 pounds, because she or he can’t get enough to eat.

We can help our sisters and brothers, writhing in the grip of dictator Nicholas Maduro and his cronies. The Rev Daniel Robayo, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries in the Diocese of North Carolina, and his wife Nancy Urrecheaga, who were born and raised in Venezuela, regularly send supplies. Their contacts insure the shipments reach those in need.

Occasionally, people say we should help locally. Of course, we should, and we do through Backpack Buddies, Box Tops for Education, Habitat for Humanity, the farmworker collection, hurricane relief and rebuilding, Christmas for Kidz and the work of individual church members. Scripture reveals the importance of helping those far away, too. The apostle Paul raised money in Macedonia to help people 2,000 miles away in Jerusalem (2 Cor 8:1 – 9:15).

Since school will start when our shipment arrives, we’re collecting specifically for children this time:

School supplies

Children's shoes

Ibuprofen

Acetaminophen

Cough syrup

Vitamins

Please bring your contributions to the lobby by Sunday July 14th. The shipment will be sent Monday July 15th. Be the light of hope for children in darkness.

In Christ,

John

Pastor

American Blessings and Challenges
Community Emergency Response Team
 

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