One in Three Venezuelans Face Hunger

By: Courtney Mathos

A nationwide study done in Venezuela shows that one-third of the population is facing food insecurity, living mostly off of tubers (a root plant) and beans. This is not because food cannot be found, but because people cannot afford it. Because of this, people have reported reducing the amount of quality food they eat, decreasing meal portions, receiving food as payment for work, and selling family assets to pay for food. The result of the study shows just how bad the economic, social, and political state of the country is getting.

While people are unable to pay for food, the country of Venezuela has been spiritually hungry for a long time. With 71% of the population being Catholic, there is a huge need for the gospel. Venezuelans don’t know where their next meal is going to come from or how they are going to pay for it, but they can know for certain that there is someone who loves them and can fill them with the Bread of Life so that they never hunger again.

Unless someone goes to share this news with them, they will never hear. Who will go? Who will tell the people in Venezuela about the Bread of Life?

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Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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