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Mission worker: Rev. Sarah Henken, regional liaison for the Andean Region, South America


News / Resources

March 2014   WCC president for Latin America expresses concern over clashes in Venezuela
Ulloa expressed her hopes that “the wisdom of God would guide the government, the opposition, the youth and the Venezuelan people to sit around the table and find appropriate solutions.”

March 2014  Conciliation essential, says Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela
Central Presbytery at its XXXIV Council Feb. 14-16 made public a Pastoral Letter to the Venezuelan people (see below), as “a modest contribution to peace and understanding between those of us who live in this land of grace.”

A Pastoral Letter from the Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela
TO OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN THE LAND OF GRACE
True peace will never be achieved by the moral annihilation of anyone who defies our perception of what ought to be. This would only be a kind of “pax romana.” A peace of victors and vanquished. A false peace, within which will hide a rotting gangrene, eating away at society as a whole. As a church we seek a true and lasting peace. A peace in which we all win.  Peace which is the fruit of justice, of reflection, of honest consensus and without concealed weapons. Therefore, we call on our fellow citizens to avoid sinking into an absurd fratricidal confrontation that benefits no one.

Feb 2014   Read Sarah Henken's blog, "Praying with Venezuela"
In an open letter to their compatriots, delegates to Central Presbytery's regularly scheduled assembly drafted a letter that calls on all sides to step up to their unique responsibilities and work for a constructive, peaceful outcome that serves the common good.

Dec 2012   Maracay church committed to HIV/AIDS ministry
Watch a video of a conversation among Venezuelan Christians who are part of an accompaniment ministry through Vida y Esperanza (Life and Hope) in Maracay.

Nov 2010   Statement of common witness — CLAI, NCC, CWS


Background

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports Christian witness in Venezuela through our partner church whose history began in 1896 with the founding of its first church and school in Caracas. Now, after years of conflict and division, our partner church holds unity within the body of Presbyterians as a high priority. Evangelism and church renewal have become principal foci.

PC(USA) mission personnel join in the efforts of theological training and liturgical renewal. Venezuelan Presbyterians are creatively and enthusiastically enriching worship within their church, and as a result are enhancing worship in other Latin American countries.

Read a brief history of Venezuela.

Presbytery and synod partnerships

Presbytery of Lake Erie
Puerto Rico Synod

Learn more about Venezuala

Visit the BBC country profile.

See the 2015 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 58

February 24

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/global/venezuela
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