by Omar Rodriguez, Associate International Leader for Latin America/Caribbean
One of the characteristics of believers throughout the ages is a desire to meet the needs of their brothers and sisters in Christ. Often, the giver is not much better off than the person who will be receiving the gift. That doesn’t seem to stop believers from giving because at the end of the day, what matters is not the capacity of the giver but rather, the capacity of our God who earnestly desires to meet the needs of His children.
In preparation for a recent trip to Cuba with several pastors from around Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the participants asked if there was something that he could take on behalf of his church in Costa Rica to the church in Cuba. We listed a few items but also reminded that brother and the others who would be attending, that there would be a pastor from Venezuela who would also be at the meetings and that the situation in that country was actually worse than the situation in Cuba. So, we agreed to take up an offering for Venezuela and ended up raising $780.
A few days after arriving home, pastor Samuel wrote us the following note, “I also wanted to thank you for the gift you gave me to help with the situation here. I have compiled a list of some families strongly affected by the crisis to help with bi-weekly or monthly support as appropriate. I spoke with someone who can help us get to places where you can buy something called a ” combo” (bags with some groceries that are hard to come by). These combos can be bought in some supermarkets when you shop above 3,000 Bs. We can buy several of these combos to make bags that will help, at least for a week, to some of the most affected families.”
We figure that some 250 bags will be distributed in the coming months to our brethren in Venezuela. Given the circumstances in the country, that’s just a tiny drop. But to those families, it will be another opportunity to experience what believers for millennium have been experiencing, as Paul aptly puts it, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”