Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy suffered in 2014 when oil prices plummeted. Now, inflation has made the local currency basically worthless, according to TIME Magazine. The government is unable to pay for crucial imports, and citizens cannot afford supplies like toilet paper, food and medicine. Over 1.5 million people have fled to other Latin American countries since 2014. Many cannot afford air or bus fare and are walking hundred of miles to neighboring Latin American countries.
According to the U.S. State Department, Venezuela is on of the most violent countries in the world. An NPR story published Sept. 11 told the story of pharmacies in Venezuela using social media as a lifeline to share the posts from those seeking medicine. Medicine shortages have patients struggling to find insulin, antidepressants, and more.
Even in the midst of humanitarian crisis, our partners in Venezuela continue to serve! Josue and Elizabeth Zubiandi ran a VBS camp Sept. 4-6 with 70 children in attendance. “They left the place empowered, happy, and well fed,” the Zubiandis said. “On Sunday we gave every child that attended a kit of school supplies to help them start the new school year. Seeing their smile and tears running down the faces of their parents is priceless.”
Please join us as we pray for Josue, Elizabeth, the children they serve, and all the people of Venezuela. “God is showing Himself powerful and true to His promises in the midst of this deep crisis,” the Zubiandis said.