My prayer for Venezuela:
In fear, in hunger, in a time of violence, Dios de Justica, oye nuestra oración.
In grieving, in confusion, in instability, Dios de Justica, oye nuestra oración.
For those who are old, for those who are children, for the future of children yet unborn, Dios de Justica, oye nuestra oración.
I do not often post from my denomination’s ministry and mission arm but today I offer as guest post this from the United Church of Christ Global Ministries:
Say No to Military Intervention in Venezuela FEBRUARY 23, 2019
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ has been engaged in a relationship of solidarity and accompaniment with the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela for more than 60 years. Now we watch with deep concern the recent talk of United States military intervention in that country.
The United Church of Christ is a Just Peace Church, and as such, we know there is a peaceful way to solve the political and economic crises now facing Venezuela. Any US military intervention in Venezuela, or along its border with Colombia, would exacerbate the current crises. Every time Venezuela, or any other country in Latin America and the Caribbean, has suffered a military episode in its recent times, the lives of the poorest and the most vulnerable populations have been severely damaged.
Military intervention in Venezuela would bring back the darkest pages in the history of our country when our government helped overthrew the governments in the region that did not fully support our policies.
Now is the time to let Congress and the President know that as people of faith we do not support military intervention in Venezuela or along its borders. We call for dialogue, peace, and self-determination for Venezuelans.
Maren, thank you for your opening prayer followed the denominational and mission statement saying ‘no’ to military intervention. Given the current administration, I fear this happening. Indeed, this would bring back the “darkest pages of history,” inflicting further suffering on a people who have endured much.
This is, indeed, a desperate time and those who make poor decisions are certainly in power.