Maria*, a church leader in Venezuela, said that Venezuelan Christians are in a time when their faith is being tested.
“Before we preached about faith, we talked about faith, we taught about faith, but now we’re actually learning to live faith,” she said. “Those of us who have stayed [in Venezuela] have grown and learned that God is faithful.”
For three straight days, dark clouds hovered over the Estadio General Santander in Cúcuta, Colombia.
But even with meteorologists predicting a 95 percent chance of rain, tens of thousands of people attended the Festival of Hope ( Festival de Esperanza ) with Franklin Graham and FestiKids, an evangelistic event designed specifically for children.
Cúcuta is located near the border of Colombia and Venezuela. Over the last few years, the city has ballooned from about 725,000 people to more than a million as Venezuelan migrants flee economic unrest in their home country. Along the streets of Cúcuta, Venezuelans can be seen dragging suitcases behind them or carrying boxes on their heads, searching for even momentary respite from the challenges of life across the border. Franklin had visited the Simón Bolívar International Bridge, which crosses the Táchira River on the Venezuelan/Colombian […]