‘This is What Socialism Does’: Pray for Venezuelan Refugees and Government

A 13-hour walk up into the mountains from the Colombian border with Venezuela, Samaritan's Purse has set up an aid station where the organization provides water, food, a place to stay the night and backpacks filled with supplies.

By Franklin Graham Published on October 15, 2018

This content was originally published as a post on Franklin Graham’s Facebook page.

I’m in Cúcuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela. Up to 20,000 Venezuelans are leaving their country every day — the largest human migration crisis in the history of Latin America. They’re leaving not because of war, but because of the economic hardships their government has placed on them. It has been called the Venezuelan Exodus.

A once-wealthy country, Venezuela has some of the largest oil reserves in the world. The elite and people in the ruling party are rich, but the population is so poor they can’t survive. There’s no work, their money is worthless, and there is nothing to buy.

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This is what socialism does. People are leaving by the millions. It is a heartbreaking situation. Some people in Colombia are opening their homes to assimilate those fleeing into their communities, and the churches are opening their arms and their doors to help.

There’s no work, their money is worthless, and there is nothing to buy. This is what socialism does.

A 13-hour walk up into the mountains from the border, Samaritan’s Purse has set up an aid station where we are providing water, food, a place to stay the night, and backpacks filled with supplies. Refugees are streaming through — many of them young people. Sunday is a slower day, but about 200 will spend the night there tonight.

Pray especially for these weary refugees as they walk away from their homeland with only what they can carry, hoping to find a future in Colombia or other places in South America. And pray for change in Venezuela that will bring an end to this suffering.

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  • Ray

    How can we donate? I see on the site that there is a place to donate to the relief of hurricane damage in the US, but what about donating to help the poor of Venezuela?

    • Paul

      samaritanspurse(DOT)org/donation-items/colombia-relief/

  • Ray

    The thing about socialism is, it reminds me so much about how Israel wanted a king, during the time of Samuel. A king has the authority over the people to do what he will, and Samuel warned the people about how a king would oppress them. Knowing the oppression of kings, it seems the founders of America’s government wanted something a bit different. There were very few good kings in the OT and quite a few bad ones, were there not?

  • tz1

    A once-wealthy country, Venezuela has some of the largest oil reserves in the world. The elite and people in the ruling party are rich, but the population is so poor they can’t survive. There’s no work, their money is worthless, and there is nothing to buy.

    Chavez and Maduro had HUGE voting majorities. They voted for the elite and the ruling party! Did these people not know the results of putting socialists into power that would tear down the productive and put in political cronies? Like in Zimbabwe?

    Heads, we win unlike every communist or socialist country in history. Tails we will appeal to the pity of the Church and Christians!

    Are they even repentant?

    Were there ANY votes for freedom and capitalism? “Give us Barabbas”, well they have him.

    Will they demand to come here as “refugees”?

    Sin has consequences – including an usually death.

    Like a single mother that fornicates, then gets pregnant and expects the taxpayers or churches to pay for her to raise her child for at least a decade, too many vote for socialsim – often PUSHED by Christians! – then when the COMPLETELY PREDICTABLE consequences happen, they want a bailout.

    Why should I pray for a change in Venezuela that these same people could accomplish if they just stayed and voted to end the destructive socialism? Won’t they just destroy Colombia or wherever else they land by voting for socialism AGAIN, and wrecking another country?

    Repent. Suffer the consequences of the sin you accepted. And fight to undo and do penance for your error.

    You might say I’m not being charitable. I don’t see these people as deserving of charity. We are to take care of widows, but does that include black widows who murder their husbands then find out they are in poverty instead of riches?

    Israel went with Baal and his prophets and got famine instead of fertility. What would you think of a prophet of Baal begging for bread because of the famine?

  • Paul

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s kind of place

  • Dave

    Kudos to Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse for helping people during this horrific crisis. They always seem to be where they’re needed most whether in the Florida panhandle or Mongolia or anywhere in between.

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