“...the birds of the air will come
and nest in its branches.”
~ Matt. 13:32
July 31, 2017: Since April 1, 2017 Venezuelans have been
demonstrating in the streets daily against the dictatorship of Nicholas
Maduro and the regime is responding with violence. In addition to tear
gas being fired into the crowds and buildings, water cannons being
fired at close range, and national guard using rubber bullets, recently
there has been an increase in the use of metal ball bearings, marbles
and other shrapnel fired with guns or loaded into tear gas canisters. In
addition to many being killed (see current update in box on the right),
hundreds have been arrested and jailed as political prisoners. The
situation is so serious that the UN Human Rights Council held a
meeting about it on June 6. (Read Ambassador Haley’s speech.) The Organization of American states has
issued several statements condemning the breakdown of democracy in the failed socialist state. President
Maduro is on his way to being a full-fledged dictator. See CNN report on “How a Rich Country Collapsed.”
REPORT ON CHAVISTA ELECTION - CLICK HERE
Inflation was 800% in 2016.
The number of women dying in childbirth rose by 65% in 2016 and infant mortality rose by 30%.
Price controlled food is still scarce and requires standing in line for hours to obtain. Food on the black market is
so expensive that the average Venezuelan cannot afford it.
Medicines and medical supplies are dangerously low to non-existent. People are dying for lack of medicines.
Doctors are struggling to treat the ill and those wounded during demonstrations. “Gauze is a luxury. Antibiotics are
like gold dust,” says Dr Diana Lopez, a 23-year-old doctor who volunteers at the triage post. “We are practising
medicine under war conditions, making do with what we have.” (The Guardian, 6/10/17)
Medical students througout the country have formed an organization called
la Cruz Verde (the Green Cross). These brave students go out in the
streets every day, risking their lives to give emergency first aid to anyone
injured in demonstrations. One of these brave students, Paul Moreno, was
killed in Maracaibo on May 18 while attending to the wounded. He was the
student of a good friend of ours.
Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift for Venezuela.
We are sending boxes of basic goods and supplies regularly.
Make checks out to “MTM” and mail to:
Mustard Tree Missions, P.O. Box 8048, Meridian, MS 39303
(Write “Venezuela” on the For line.)
OR make your secure donation
online thru PayPal:
(You will have an option to designate
your donation for Venezuela in the
For years Mustard Tree Mission has taken groups on mission trips to Venezeula…
But due to the political & economic conditions in Venezuela, we have not been able to travel there
since December 2013. (See photos in our gallery.) But we are continuing to send monetary
donations and boxes of supplies which are distributed by our Venezuelan branch, FUNDAMOST.
If you would like to help please consider a financial gift.
Sept. 8, 2017: “Months of street protests have stopped. The trickle defection of some in the military has stopped.
Hugo Chavez, PSUV's founder, is God. Washington is, once again, to blame for the crisis in the country according
to the Chavistas. And the sun is still shining on Latin America's hardest left-wing political power.”
From Forbes article - click here.
April 2: Major power outages since March 7 have crippled Venezuela.
Feb 4: Interview with interim President Juan Guaidó
2019 - Feb 2: What’s Happening in Venezuela? 1-minute explanation of latest political developments
Sept 27: Maracaibo - The Human Cost of the Venezuelan Crisis
Personal first-hand Report on the HEALTHCARE CRISIS in Venezuela. Click here.
June 21: A 16 min. heart-wrenching video about the healthcare crisis.
June 13: Challenges & Collapse. How has life changed through an economic and democratic collapse? Stories
from the lives of Venezuelans. Watch this short 4 min. video.
June 11, 2018: Venezuela's sky-high inflation soared to 24,571 percent in the past 12 months. See article.
May 20, 2018: Nicolas Maduro was re-elected in fraudulent elections. One mother tells her story: ““Yes, he won,
but we still have the same issues. The CLAPs have disappeared, we have water once a week, power comes and
goes and crime still makes the rules.” Caracas Chronicles article.
See also the CNN article.
March 28, 2018: 1.2 million Venezuelans have fled the country in the last two years; 4 million in the last 2
decades. 30,000 Venezuelans sought asylum in the U.S. just last year. “After Syria, the next refugee crisis is in
Venezuela.” (Washington Examiner)
March 27, 2018: Food being used as a political weapon in Venezuela. CBS Video (5 min.)
April 12, 2018: back in March, the inflation rate was 67%; the accumulated rate in the first quarter of the year is
453.7%, and between March 2017 and March 2018, the accumulated inflation is 8,878.1%. Caracas Chronicles
Feb. 23, 2018: Venezuelans going to bed hungry as food crisis deepens. People are skipping meals and missing
out on vital nutrients because of the persistent shortages. Click for article.
Feb. 1, 2018: NPR: “The entire Venezuelan health care system is on the verge of collapse, says Francisco
Valencia, head of the public health advocacy group Codevida. Some hospitals lack electricity, and more than
13,000 doctors have left Venezuela in the past four years in search of better opportunities.” Click for article.
Dec. 17, 2017 - A New York Times article reveals the horrors of the hunger crisis in Venezluela.