Local church members and ADRA Colombia are making efforts to help those in need.
Eager to assist the thousands of Venezuelans coming into Colombia, several Seventh-day Adventist churches in Rionegro, in the state of Antioquia, northern Colombia, recently hosted a special dinner with local business owners and politicians to raise funds to assist many migrants needing medical attention and meals.
More than 75 guests crowded into the El Porton Llanero restaurant to enjoy a musical program, Venezuelan dishes, and an opportunity to assist thousands in need.
- Joel Jaimes, president of the Adventist Church in the Southwest Colombia Conference, leads a prayer to conclude the fundraising event for Venezuelan migrants in Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia. [Photo: North Colombian Union Conference]
- A special dish, representative of Venezuelan cuisine, was served during a recent fundraising event in Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia, to help Venezuelan migrants who are trying to settle in that part of Colombia. [Photo: North Columbian Union Conference]
“We wanted to hold this dinner of solidarity because in our district we have seen firsthand the Venezuela migration and its drama, and we noticed that our call as Christians forces us to transform our empathy into concrete acts of kindness towards them,” said Kevin Mendoza Gutiérrez, district pastor and organizer of the event.
The special event raised more than US$1,000 that will go toward the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) effort in Colombia. ADRA Colombia has been assisting Venezuelan migrant families in the cities of Bucaramanga and Medellín since September 2018. Funds will also be sent to support a local ADRA project in Cúcuta, Colombia, a city bordering Venezuela, where hot meals are distributed once a week to some 200 Venezuelan migrants.
“I have been a witness to the strategic points in Colombia where ADRA is doing a wonderful job, so we want to do our part so that this can move forward,” Mendoza said.