Looking for Work in Colombia, Venezuelan Finds a Church Family

Fernando* felt like a failure. For a month-and-a-half he had been looking for work in Colombia, where he didn’t know anyone. He longed to hold his wife and daughter again but couldn’t return to Venezuela without a solution to the uncertainties there.

The young Venezuelan couple had agreed: If they wanted a better future for their daughter, he needed to go. Although Fernando had maintained a good job in Venezuela, the country’s growing instability — political tumult, poor schooling and a shortage of basic medicine and food — compelled him to try to build a life in another land.

Fernando rented a room in Bogotá and began looking for work. Instead he found rejection.

Then a friend of a Christian former coworker invited him to church, The Pathway Christian Community.

“I told myself, ‘I don’t have anything to lose,’ so I went,” Fernando said. “I felt such a strange feeling … of brotherhood and fellowship. They made me feel so at home … [and] like this was my family. And they didn’t even know me.

“I returned to my little room full of hope. … I realized in spite of being so far from my family, I wasn’t alone,” he said.

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Source: Baptist Press