When I think of the situation our country and our world is in today, I am grieved. I think we are in a dangerous situation as a country. We are burning through trillions of dollars of your tax cash. It is not the government’s money. It is the tax dollars of every citizen, every tax payer. The government is creating money out of nothing but eventually this will need to be reckoned with and paid back. Our climbing inflation now is the first indication we are on collision path with economic disaster. For example, lumber prices have climbed more than triple in the last 18 months and other consumables are climbing rapidly. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently gave a speech on the dangerous path our country is on toward economic disaster; I tend to believe he is right.
Venezuela is a country that followed the formula Canada is using right now. It worked for a short time but eventually all the countries in the world said, “No more.” Venezuela is in trouble and is a bad risk because of how it is being governed so no more money is being lent to them by foreign countries. Today Venezuela is heavily indebted to China and Russia, with its currency worth nothing. Inflation has destroyed the economy. Their currency to being used by some to make paper airplanes and paper art to hang on walls. I have a good friend, a pastor in Venezuela, who reports the country is slowly starving to death. He said, the seemingly hopeless plight of poor people there is crushing. The medical system, once like Canada’s, where they provided socialized medicine for the entire population, is totally broken. Most medical professionals have fled the country with the exception of a few loyal die-hard doctors who are staying to help the remnant of the suffering population. The remaining population are left to fend for themselves. There are virtually no pharmaceutical drugs left in the country. People are starving to death and suicide deaths are climbing among all ages. With those conditions there has been a huge increase in crime with many young people simply trying to survive with crime and gang activities. Covid is taking its toll on this population due to health deficiency caused by years of poor diets. The government censors all news in the country and will not report actual facts about Covid numbers. No bad news is allowed to leave the country. You can be shot for sending videos out of the country reporting on the terrible situations in Venezuela that happens daily..
Our church, along with several others in Canada, have been sending monthly containers of food to churches in Venezuela who then distribute it to as many as they can. We have been doing this for almost two years now with each container being shipped from ________(omitted for security reasons) to Venezuela by a ___________(omitted for security) shipping company operating out of Florida. The average cost of a container filled with food is from $30,000 to $50,000, depending on what is put in it. The next container will be health food items like Ivermectin and Vitamin D. If there is anyone who would like to help with this project you can forward your designated gift to Prince Albert Baptist Church with ID Venezuela. I promise you every penny will be used for food and shipping. You will get a tax deductible receipt for your gift. Every container we ship has the risk of being confiscated and robbed by military officials but to date we have not lost one container with corrupt officials. Our man in ____________(omitted for security) knows the Venezuela system very well and, so far, whatever he does has worked. Once he had to fly to Columbia and hire a cab to drive into Venezuela to get a container out of the port and delivered to the church. It was one container we thought we had lost but everything was intact.
I want to compare Venezuela to another time 2000 years ago that is very similar: It was a bad famine situation recorded in the New Testament and addressed by the Apostle Paul. The country of Judah, and especially Jerusalem, was in dire need due to a famine that affected the region. There were other factors too that caused the churches in Judah and Jerusalem to be in dire poverty and need. In several of the Paul’s letters we see where he was trying to raise money to send to Jerusalem to help the poor people in that region. Paul was writing from Rome, which was hundreds of miles southeast of Rome. You see God helps through those that have to help those who have not.
Romans 15:25-27: V. 25: “But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints [Christians]. V.26: “For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints [Christians] which are at Jerusalem. V.27: “It has pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentilses have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in carnal [financial] things. 2 Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9, also teach truths about this giving project for the poor people in the country of Judah at this time.
Here we are about 2000 years later and we see almost exactly the same situation today with Venezuela and we are applying New Testament principles for God to provide the help to others. We are fulfilling the royal law to bear one anothers burden and so fulfill the law of Christ. They need our help to survive and we would do well to follow the instructions and example given by the Apostle Paul. There are individuals and churches in the USA and Canada who are responding to the need. How does God help people? He helps through the helping hand of other people, through willing people like you and me. I am making this plea to God’s people out there who will read this. Remember this promise given to the Christian people and churches of their time: “He who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully [that blessings may come to someone else] shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). When you sacrifice to help others you are really helping yourself.
I am not making this plea to people who are living for the here and now but to those living for the eternal reward waiting for all who are redeemed in Christ. Too many Christian people in this country are living for the here and now and do not have any eternal perspective or any reward coming. Jesus said when he was here:
Matthew 10:39: “He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for My sake shall find it.”
Matthew 16:26: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Your treasure is in one of two places: down here or up there. What are you living for?
To those who are not understanding what I am sharing here, please call. I will help you understand the eternal perspective on all this. Sometimes these things can be better explained than written. It is imperative we all understand the eternal perspective on things and there is only one way you can. That is by seeking and finding. Don’t miss out on the most important things of this life which are eternal things. Don’t think you do not need to give heed to these things.
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