VENEZUELA – once the most prosperous nation in South America – is under the rule of a dictator, President Nicolás Maduro, who maintains control through censorship of the press, jailing and torture of critics and political assassinations. Due to government mismanagement, Venezuela now finds itself in a severe economic crisis. The inflation rate is predicted to reach 1,000,000% by the end of 2018, and an estimated 87% of the population now lives in poverty. Acute shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities have resulted in each Venezuelan losing an average of 24 pounds, children dying of starvation, others perishing for lack of medical care and increased theft and violence. Since 2015, it’s estimated that up to 3 million of the country's 31 million people have fled the country, including more than half of the nation’s doctors.

The migrant crisis is overwhelming nearby South American nations. Where we currently live, in Cuenca, Ecuador, the locals grumble about the flood of refugees competing for limited jobs. Their sentiments are understandable; however, we know Someone who cares deeply for these displaced individuals and longs to meet their needs. Through Refugee Hope Connections, we desire to love and encourage Venezuelan refugees arriving in Ecuador in practical ways, acting as the hands and feet of Jesus.

We endeavor to: 
  • Foster strategic collaboration between global churches, non-profits and individuals to meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of Venezuelan refugees.
  • Work alongside the local church to provide refugees with shelter, food, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities and help them find gainful employment.
  • Facilitate provision of effective evangelism/discipleship tools for Christian refugee workers and Venezuelan refugees.
  • Encourage refugees through church-organized meetings, events and other activities.
  • Establish relationships between refugees and the local church, integrating new immigrants into the church community.

Thank you for your interest, prayers and support. If you donate to this project, 90% of your gift will go directly to meet the needs of Venezuelan refugees. God bless! 


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Reed and Janette Olson

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