Every Gift Matters

April 3, 2020
By Dr. Warren Lathem

Recently, we (Venezuela Now) needed to send some car parts to one of our pastors in Venezuela. We didn’t have a regular pallet crate available on a timely basis, so Jane and I created a small crate to ship the car parts.

However, since the car parts did not fill this smaller crate, we finished filling it with canned chicken, pinto beans, and rice, needed staples in their diet. We sent them directly for the pastor, something we almost never do. Usually, all our food shipments go to the seminary to be distributed to the 48 food ministries we support.

But this was a chance to simply gift a pastor’s own family. The pastor wrote me the day after he received this small shipment.

One of his parishioners called him at 3:00 on the day of the arrival of the food for the pastor’s family. This church member had just been sent home from his government job due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, he had not been paid for an extended period. When he called his pastor he was on the verge of tears. He had no money, his family had eaten nothing that day, and there was no food for dinner.

The pastor put together a box of rice and beans and canned chicken and a few vegetables they had. They took them to the church member who was overwhelmed by their generosity.

Remember, it literally took weeks for our food to get there. But it was right on time. As we learned in the old church, “He may not come when you want him, but he’s always right on time.”

Every gift of food and medicine is an answer to prayer for someone who is simply at the end of their rope. Thank you for being available to God as an answer to someone’s prayer.

Warren Lathem, President
Venezuela Now, Inc.