Venezuelan Christians Pray for Peace, Ask for Prayer as Protests Against Socialist Leader Become Violent
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Venezuela to protest the socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro. As the threat of violent retaliation increases, Venezuelan Christians are asking for prayer.
Venezuela is in dire straights. The socialist policies of the current regime have brought the nation to ruin. Millions have fled to neighboring countries. More recently, Maduro started his second term as president on January 10th. A victory, many believe, was only won through widespread fraud.
The Venezuelan National Assembly now refuses to recognize Maduro as president. Instead, they recognize opposition leader and assembly president Juan Guaidó as the nation’s new leader.
The Interim President
On Wednesday, President Trump recognized Guaidó as interim president. Many other nations have followed suit. Trump tweeted that the “citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime.”
The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. Today, I have officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. https://t.co/WItWPiG9jK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2019
Venezuelans Asking for Prayers
Widespread protests began in earnest Tuesday. Citizens filled the streets. Some burned a statue of the late socialist dictator Hugo Chávez. With the uprise and unrest growing, Maduro is promising a harsh response. And Christians are calling for prayer.
Prayers for Democracy and a Better Future
Samuel Olson is president of the Evangelical Council of Venezuela. Olson has asked the nation to pray “together as a family, asking God that through His Holy Spirit cares, directs and blesses our nation in this critical hour of its history.”
The Confederation Union of Christian Churches of Venezuela wants an “end to the usurpation of the Presidency of the Republic.” They also demand “an urgent government of transition and free elections in the context of a big national government.” They believe that Guaidó was “called to conduct the nation in this period of transition.”
Venezuelans have been praying in the streets. They’ve prayed at public town hall meetings. They are asking for “democracy and a better future.”