The situation of the Venezuelans in Brazil is still precarious. They started a migration to Brazil a few years ago when the situation of their country started to deteriorate under the dictatorship of Maduro. They fled their country to avoid dying of hunger.
So far, 300,000 Venezuelans have migrated to Brazil. It is a sad situation because, as they hoped for a better life here, the pandemic also arrived and hit us all hard. What a tribulation! To deal with the pandemic while in your own home is already scary enough, but imagine dealing with it far from your relatives, country, while unemployed and in unfamiliar surroundings.
Ever since we met them, we have tried to help with their basic needs. But what they need the most now is to find stable jobs when unemployment is at a high. It is difficult to find a job. They are not fluent in Portuguese yet, many cannot read, and they have several children that are not in school because it has been over a year that the public schools are closed. They are barely surviving with a little money from our government and selling candy in the streets or begging.
The church is doing the best it can to attend to their needs. And I come to ask you to pray for them and for their loved ones who remain in Venezuela suffering all kinds of hardships.
“Do not neglect hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2