Without the cross-cultural partnership with the Venezuelan churches and their heart for loving Jesus and people, CrossLink and our planted churches would not exist. In 1999, Pastor Cesar Luzardo came to Yakima, WA with 25 pastors and members from churches in Trujillo, Venezuela. The Venezuelans assisted many Yakima area churches with cross-cultural and multi-ethnic ministry within their own communities. Missions became about more than going abroad, but also included reaching out locally within our own communities.
One outcome from that short-term mission trip in 1999 was the planting of New Life Bible Church – a bilingual church in Yakima. The creation of New Life Hispanic Ministries now known as CrossLink was another outcome of that mission trip.
Even though the political situation means we no longer travel between our two countries, our cross-cultural partnership remains strong and CrossLink continues to support our partner churches through the Venezuela Ministries Assistance Fund designed to help Venezuelan pastors live in their communities and continue ministry.
Venezuela Ministries Assistance Fund supports:
- The Raven Ministry is a program designed by the Trujillo network of churches to help pastors and their families live in their communities & continue ministry. In 1 Kings 17, the prophet Elijah was commanded to remain living in a land with famine and drought, but God supplied snacks by sending ravens to bring Elijah food. Based on this story, the Venezuelan pastors call donors who help supply them with small bags of food, “ravens.”
- The Arepitas de Vida is a program created by our church partners in Venezuela to provide food to feed school children and hospital patients. For some children, this is the only meal they will eat that day. It also provides an opportunity to share the gospel with the children and their teachers.