More than the Easter weekend, hundreds of young children in Cúcuta, Colombia, heard about Jesus’ really like for them via a Samaritan’s Purse’s outreach. Numerous of them are refugees who fled the socialist crisis in Venezuela.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, joined with church partners in this Colombia-Venezuela border city to preach the gospel and to hand out Operation Christmas Kid shoebox gifts to young children.
Graham was in Cúcuta major the evangelistic association’s two-day Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope). The festival was held in conjunction with a lot more than 400 of the city’s churches.
Just before the gifts have been distributed, Graham told the young children about the ultimate gift—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all of our sins.
Chanel Contreas, a widowed mom of 3, is one particular who crossed the border. She and her household left Venezuela in the fall of 2017 for the reason that there was no meals, well being care, or jobs left in her location.
“My children grew up utilised to it,” she told Samaritan’s Purse. “As a mother, I do not want them to reside in that scenario. I want them to be delighted and healthier, each physically and emotionally.”
When her young children received the shoebox gifts, Contreas was overwhelmed with gratitude and her children with joy.
“I really feel extremely delighted to see them delighted like this. This has no price tag. I have not observed them like this in a genuinely extended time, but I wanted to see them like this,” she mentioned. “I believe God’s timing is best.”
“Each box is an chance to attain a kid with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Graham mentioned in a press release. “It really is about telling young children about the globe and their households that God loves them. God hasn’t forgotten them.”
Samaritan’s Purse is also operating to meet sensible wants of the Venezuelan refugees.
According to Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Kid, has been active in Colombia for a lot more than 15 years. The organization’s companion churches have distributed a lot more than two.four million shoebox gifts and graduated more than 700,000 young children from The Greatest Journey comply with-up evangelism and discipleship plan
Final year, the organization began unique projects in Colombia to aid the Venezuelans who have migrated to escape their country’s financial crisis.
One particular project is a relief station for migrants situated just outdoors of Cúcuta. Migrants are supplied hot meals, shower facilities, hygiene things, and a protected spot to invest the evening. They also get to hear the Very good News of Jesus Christ from neighborhood Samaritan’s Purse employees.