Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6 Year Old Drug Addicts?

I came home to my wife and told her about an event at the Seminary today.  We both cried.  She has not stopped weeping over the following.

This week of Seminary the class is led by Edwin and Sonia from Costa Rica, practitioners of a remarkable ministry to poor children, youth and at-risk families. As they were talking today about ministry with poor children in Venezuela, they inquired of our students as to the current situation in their communities.  One of our students and a UMC pastor reported that some children as young as 6 years old are using drugs because they are hungry and have no money for food, but drugs are easily accessible and blunt the pain of hunger.   

This is in a country where at least 60% of the population lives in poverty, much of it abject poverty.  For example, this week I bought a large watermelon and 12 bananas.  The cost in US equivalent currency for a Venezuelan: $20.00USD.  That is about one day’s pay, if one can find any work. 

Do you need another reason to support the Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela which is equipping young, enthusiastic Christian leaders to reach this nation for Christ, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to heal the sick and so much more?  We are blessed beyond imagination. We get to work with these amazing emerging leaders in ministry to the “least of these.”


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