Hugo Chavez and his band of Castroites this week announced that they were expelling from Venezuela missionaries from New Tribes Mission, accusing them of operating for the CIA. For those who wonder why this is happening now, we need look no farther than The Most Embarrassing Christian Ever, Pat Robertson. Both New Tribes and SWNID's contacts in Venezuela firmly believe that Robertson's remarks prompted this move.
The retribution is not likely to end with New Tribes. Our friends tell us that in August, the Venezuelan government was briefly denying visas to missionaries. It looks like Christian missionaries in Venezuela are likely to continue to suffer unnecessarily for Robertson's nutty comments.
Of course, Robertson apologized for his call to "take out" Chavez. But he then accused Chavez of sending money to bin Laden. It just proves that you can't keep a good man down.
Anyway, SWNID knows that gentle readers understand and will make the appropriate response to the potential persecution of brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. We would ask especially for such a response on behalf of a Venezuelan national enrolled at CCU who as we speak is in Washington, DC to update his passport at the Venezuelan embassy. Let's ask that he get what he needs plus some extra time to see the sights.
Thank you for your prayers. I agree with your statement. Hopefully I will get to see first hand what is going on in Venezuela when I go. If I do go, I will bring you back a full report of what I find out.
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