GLOBAL 5-30 – Valiant Venezuelans

By Doug & Cindy Tankersley MFM-Latin America Regional Directors

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
–– Romans 8:28 NIV

International evangelism team sharing the Gospel with a Colombian
This international evangelism team represents the countries of U.S.A., Colombia, and Venezuela, while sharing the Gospel with a Colombian.
One of the goals for Men for Missions-Latin America has been to train and prepare Colombians to cross their own borders, in total obedience to Jesus Christ, and target areas where the U.S. passport isn’t welcomed. Many Colombians desire to replicate the Satura/MFM evangelism model and have responded to God’s call to serve in Venezuela this year. Unfortunately, as the crisis has escalated, the Colombians now feel that it’s too dangerous to send their own short-term Men for Missions team at this time.

Time and time again throughout the Bible, God has scattered his people in the midst of suffering and persecution. It’s no different today. The news continues to report the devastating crisis in Venezuela, and we see millions of Venezuelans, in survival mode, fleeing their country. Many of the people that are fleeing to neighboring countries are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We had the honor and privilege of serving alongside some of these folks during our recent evangelism trip to Medellin, Colombia.

Several Venezuelans now call Medellín their temporary home. In the midst of their despair and grief, they are joyfully serving the Lord where He has placed them. During our time together, several served as translators and others served as church locals. Both of which are vital parts to our short-term evangelism teams. These valiant Venezuelans were a beautiful testimony to us. It was obvious that God is protecting, providing, and preparing them for a time when they are able to return to their country.

Our team of nine short-termers from the Midwest had no idea how God was going to orchestrate that week of evangelism. We knew the typical evangelism schedule, which included a different local church and different community each day. However, we were amazed at how God brought an influx of Venezuelans into our lives. There were those that served with us, those that were standing behind the doors that we knocked on, and others were sitting next to us on the plane. If God has touched your heart to minister to Venezuelans, we want to encourage you to be a part of the evangelism teams to Colombia. It is likely that while serving in Colombia, you will also be serving some of those displaced from Venezuela.

As Men for Missions begins to strategize and prepare for global expansion into 30 countries in 5 years (G5-30), we understand that we may not need to go directly into 30 different countries to prepare and train laymen to DO, GO, and GIVE. We just need to open our eyes and see those that are right in front of us and be aware that God may be bringing them to us. Please pray for the global expansion of Men for Missions and ask God how you can be a part of it.