Venezuela Relief

To support this project, click the “Give” button on the right, then after selecting your portal (within or outside of the USA), look for “Venezuela Relief Project”.

A woman surveys her options at a Caracas grocery store.

A woman surveys her options at a Caracas grocery store.

 

What would you do if the shelves in your grocery store looked like this?

 

 

 

A line of people waiting to buy two small bags of corn flour

A line of people waiting to buy two small bags of corn flour

 

Or if you had to stand in line for 8 hours or more, just to buy two small sacks of flour?

These are real pictures from Venezuela, taken recently by friends of Global Lutheran Outreach. Our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Venezuela are struggling, and many simply do not have enough to eat.

What is going on?

The country of Venezuela is in crisis. With inflation at over 700% in 2016 (and projected to reach 1500% in 2017), people are struggling to get enough food to eat. Basic existence in Venezuela is a daily challenge, whether it’s standing in line for hours to get food or medical care, or just walking in the streets and becoming a victim of rampant crime.

Young women picking through the garbage, looking for something to eat.

Young women picking through the garbage, looking for something to eat.

The minimum wage is about $7 per month. The average worker earns two to four times the minimum wage, or roughly $15 – $30 per month. However, according to figures from the Venezuelan government, it costs nearly $140 per month to feed a family – approximately 20 minimum wages!

Many Venezuelans believe that the country is turning into a dictatorship. Recently here have been massive protests throughout the country against the government.

People are in desperate need of food. Our Lutheran pastors in Venezuela earn anywhere from 2 – 6 “salaries” per month, or between $14 and $42. The members of the Lutheran congregations are in the same situation.

This project has two objectives:

1) To provide a supplemental “baskets” of food to Lutheran congregations in Venezuela each month, for distribution to their members and pastors. Each basket of food (one basket per family) will cost about $20. The project will be administered by the Lutheran Church of Venezuela, and locally by each congregation.

A $20 contribution will provide:

  • 1 small bag of coffee (7 ounces)
  • 3 kg rice (about 6.6 lbs.)
  • 2 kg pasta (about 2.5 lbs.)
  • 1 kg sugar (about 1.2 lbs.)
  • 1 container of butter
  • 3 kg. flour (about 6.6 lbs.)
  • 3 lt. cooking oil

2) A second objective is to supplement the salaries of Lutheran pastors and professional church workers. This will be administered by the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church of Venezuela.

We pray that we can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Venezuela, for as long as the crisis lasts!

To support this project, click here or click the “Give” button on this page, then after selecting your portal (within or outside of the USA), look for “Venezuela Relief Project”.

About the Lutheran Church of Venezuela

The Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela (Lutheran Church of Venezuela) was founded in the early 1950’s. Since its inception, Lutheran Hour Ministries has been a valued ministry partner. The ILV has 15 congregations, with about 1000 members in total, and three Christian day schools.

To view videos on the crisis in Venezuela, visit:


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