Venezuelan family in need
I'm sure a lot of you remember that kind of cheesy story about the kid on the beach picking up all the washed up star fish. Some dude comes along and tells the kid he's wasting his time, there's too many of them and the kid, with a twinkle in his eye, or maybe it was an eyelash, tells the guy that he's making a difference for this one (the one he's holding) and throws it back into the ocean. Anyway, I used to think it was a little cheesy, like a Hallmark movie. Sadly there's a real life scenario paralleling that story involving so many individuals and families in Venezuela, that are in many regards being washed up to shore by their government in extreme impoverished circumstances suffering from hunger, sickness, etc. There's sooooo many families facing such sad situations so far out of their control that it's a little overwhelming how to help. Our family has helped in small ways the last couple of years and right now would like to help this one.
My family and I decided to pray at the beginning of November that we could find some people that we could help this Christmas season. Less than 2 days later our friends from Venezuela very humbly reached out to us asking if we could help in anyway. Without the ability to earn a lot of money and with inflation skyrocketing obtaining food is a daily challenge and often doesn't result in a lot of success. Carlos and Icarys often decrease or completely give up their portion of food so that their 3 young kids have enough. Since that time they reached out to me I have transferred $20 to them to make sure they received it and Icarys purchased all the food she could with it and sent me back a picture letting me know she received the transfer and the amount of groceries they were able to buy (see the pic below). I'm hoping to raise $1,000 for them to have enough for the next several months in food and maybe a little extra for Christmas time.
I spent 2 years in that beautiful country from 1999 to 2001 well before things got as bad as they are now and even back then so many people lived in humbling circumstances. If there is any amount you are able to donate it would be so greatly appreciated by us and more especially by them. Thank you!!!!
Justin & Jayanne Wight
By Justin Wight