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  • Venezuelan Suitcases
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  • Venezuelan Suitcases
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  • Venezuelan Suitcases
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  • Venezuelan Suitcases
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  • Venezuelan Suitcases
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Venezuelan Suitcases

We have a very close friend from Venezuela who lives in Maryland, and she continually gives us updates on how to pray for her family who still lives in Venezuela. As political turmoil has increased there, she asked us to pray for her parents (Samuel and Aurora) and brother (also Samuel) who live there, as it was becoming increasingly harder for them to get food, and other basic necessities of life. It cost a month’s wages to buy meat for a day, and they were having to endure long lines for other supplies, without any guarantee that supplies would still be available at the end. Things had gotten so bad for her parents, that one day they opened the refrigerator and the only thing they had was water. So, our friend’s brother came from Venezuela to the U.S to raise some finances, and take supplies back with him.

When she shared this prayer request with us, we also shared it with our Community group in Swift Creek. Their immediate response was to pray for them and the situation, but also to help him gather the basic supplies needed to take back to Venezuela. Our goal was to fill one suitcase full of food and supplies, but by the end of our efforts, we had managed to fill two!

The next hurdle was for the supplies to make it to Venezuela without causing any problems, or raising any suspicions on her brother. The local police are wary of locals who return from the U.S., and items have been known to “disappear” from certain luggage. In another answer to prayer, he was able to make it back to his parent in Venezuela with all the supplies without being harassed. Our friend’s parents where so thankful and overwhelmed. They communicated back to us and the Community, “Its been so long since we’ve had this much food!” To God be the glory!

Here’s the translation of the thank you letter they wrote to the Swift Creek Community:

“Although we are not in a war, our current experience reflects a similar situation as the lack of our basic needs is more and more pressing. In addition to food and medicine, power outages are performed two to three times a day, interrupting national and international communications. The gifts of food and supplies by the community group of the church is for us a gesture of great blessing which we hope the Lord will repay in blessing, because God blesses the joyful giver according to 2 Corinthians 9:7: ‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.'”

Please continue to pray for them, and for Venezuela:

1. Pray for protection, and that Samuel, Aurora, and Samuel would continue to find basic necessities under these hard conditions.
2. Pray for radical change in the government, and in the hearts of its leaders.
3. Pray for the Church to persevere, and to be a light in this situation.

Irving and Vanessa