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As the South American nation of Venezuela fell into social and economic turmoil, waves of refugees fled to neighboring countries and nations around the world.
Venezuela is home to numerous Iglesias de Cristo (Churches of Christ), and the church members who have left their homeland are breathing new life into the congregations that have taken them in. Here are links to The Christian Chronicle’s multi-year coverage of the Venezuelan crisis and churches’ response.
• ‘The blessing is ours’: A Venezuelan diaspora is spreading across South America as refugees from the troubled nation find new homes — and reinvigorate the Churches of Christ that take them in.
• They’re very close to God’: Refugees from Venezuela find new families of faith in Argentina. Melding two vibrant South American cultures can be a challenge, one church planter says. But the new arrivals ‘can reach people we can’t.’
• Is socialism to blame? A Venezuelan reflects on politics and restoration.
• A rescue mission: A team of young Latin American Christians moves to Colombia to plant a church — and hears a call to serve the suffering in nearby Venezuela.
• Prayers — and food — for Venezuela: An economic crisis in the South American nation creates a flood of refugees — and opportunities to serve.
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