Eager to assist the thousands of Venezuelans coming into Colombia, several Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Rio Grande, in the state of Antioquia, in North 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.
“We wanted to hold this dinner of solidarity because in our district we have seen first-hand 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 $1,000 US dollars that will go toward the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia which has been assisting Venezuelan migrant families in the cities of Bucaramanga and Medellin since September of last year. Funds will also be sent to support a local ADRA project in Cucuta, Colombia—bordering city with 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 work, so we want to do our part so that this can move forward,” said Pastor Mendoza.
The activity motivated many church members from the Carmen de Viboral, La ceja and Guarne Adventist Churches throughout three Adventist Churches to get involved in the fundraising project. “Everyone involved was so enthusiastic to take part in organizing the event, from the food committee, publicists, financial budget committee and others,” Mendoza said.