The initiative continues assistance to migrant families crossing the border from Venezuela.
“If cancer hasn’t beaten me, neither will hunger,” said Norbis Sánchez before leaving her native Venezuela for Colombia to get away from the economic, social, and political strife plaguing her home country.
Sánchez, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, now resides in Cúcuta, Colombia, a city that shares a border with Venezuela, the border she and her family crossed with no money or passports.
- A family enjoys the dinner program for Venezuelan migrants organized by the Adventist Church in Northeast Colombia on May 19, 2019. [Photo: Kendy Santander]
- Edilberto Ortíz, president of the Adventist Church in Northeast Colombia, welcomes those gathered during the special dinner event for Adventist Venezuelan migrants residing in Cúcuta. [Photo: Kendy Santander]
- A Seventh-day Adventist member from Venezuela receives a donation of supplies during the special program for Adventist migrants in Cúcuta, Colombia, May 19, 2019. [Photo: Kendy Santander]
“My passport is the Lord,” she said in front of more than 550 Venezuelans who gathered on May 19, 2019, at the Juan Frío Adventist Recreational Center in Valle del Rosario, in Norte Santander. The special program was organized for Adventists from Venezuela living in Cúcuta.
The activity was meant to gather church members in Colombia, encourage their continued involvement in community projects, and share with them more about what Venezuelans are going through.
“We are very happy to be able to develop this program for Seventh-day Adventists from Venezuela,” said Edilberto Ortíz, president of the church in the Northeast Colombia Conference church region. “Initially, we started working with all Venezuelan migrants without thinking about their culture or religion, and then we decided to also focus on seeking out and welcoming Adventists.”
Since the beginning of the crisis at the border several years ago, ADRA Colombia and the Northeast Colombia Conference have been running projects to benefit thousands of Venezuelan migrants with food baskets, mattresses, toiletries, blankets, shoes, and basic health services, Ortíz explained.